Can Martin Kaymer at least keep it kinda close?
After posting a blistering five-under 65 in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open, Kaymer went and did it again. As ESPN tweeted out, the leaderboard had to be seen to be believed:
According to GolfChannel.com's Justin Ray, the 29-year-old is the first golfer ever to card two 65s in the opening two rounds of a major tournament:
Even Rory McIlroy could only look on in awe, per Stephen Schramm of the Fayetteville Observer:
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde made the comparison to Tiger Woods' insane start to the 2000 U.S. Open. Woods ended up winning by 15 strokes. That's not outside the realm of possibility here:
Despite owning a massive lead, Kaymer is refusing to take his foot off the gas.
"It's not a done deal," he said, per The Associated Press, via USA Today. "You don't approach Saturday and Sunday in a relaxed way. There's never a time where you can relax. Unless it's Sunday afternoon and you're raising the trophy, then you can relax. Until then, you've got to keep playing."
Still, he's gotta be feeling pretty good about himself right about now:
After Friday's play, Kaymer holds a six-shot lead over Brendon Todd.
As much as Kaymer wants to downplay it, he would need to suffer a near historic collapse to lose the U.S. Open now. It's been more than a century since the last golfer blew a four-stroke lead at the U.S. Open, per ESPN's Trey Wingo:
In major tournament history, only one man has watched a lead of six or more strokes evaporate by the end, per Ray:
Joining Kaymer for the third round on Saturday will be Brendon Todd. As CBSSports.com's Kyle Porter tweeted out, that's not quite a dream pairing for NBC:
Perhaps Todd can captivate the crowd with his exuberant personality, per Golf Digest's Mike O'Malley:
One of the biggest surprises of the first round was Fran Quinn getting into a tie for second. The 49-year-old journeyman fell off a little bit on Friday, shooting four over and moving to two under for the tournament. At least he made the cut, per Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Golf can be a very healthy financial pursuit for some, but Quinn shows that not every golfer is a millionaire:
At least he's in for a nice payday this weekend. No matter where he finishes, the 2014 U.S. Open will likely be one of his biggest career highlights.
With Kaymer largely sapping all of the drama from the event, keeping up with Quinn will be one of the more compelling storylines heading into Round 3.