The 2014 U.S. Open is Martin Kaymer’s world, and the rest of the field is just living in it.
Kaymer posted his second straight 65 to take a commanding six-stroke lead over the rest of the field. He will look to continue that momentum Saturday when he is paired with Brendon Todd.
Here is a look at the rest of the pairings for Round 3:
|Martin Kaymer||Brendon Todd||3:25 p.m.|
|Brandt Snedeker||Kevin Na||3:14 p.m.|
|Dustin Johnson||Brooks Koepka||3:03 p.m.|
|Brendon De Jonge||Keegan Bradley||2:52 p.m.|
|Henrik Stenson||Matt Kuchar||2:41 p.m.|
|Rory McIlroy||Chris Kirk||2:30 p.m.|
|Adam Scott||Jordan Spieth||2:19 p.m.|
|Erik Compton||Francesco Molinari||2:08 p.m.|
|Hideki Matsuyama||Ian Poulter||1:57 p.m.|
|Steve Stricker||Rickie Fowler||1:46 p.m.|
|J.B. Holmes||Danny Willett||1:35 p.m.|
|Jason Day||Marcel Siem||1:24 p.m.|
|Aaron Baddeley||Justin Rose||1:13 p.m.|
|Victor Dubuisson||Jimmy Walker||1:02 p.m.|
|Seung-Yul Noh||Fran Quinn||12:51 p.m.|
|Graeme McDowell||Lucas Bjerregaard||12:40 p.m.|
|Jim Furyk||Garth Mulroy||12:29 p.m.|
|Daniel Berger||Gary Woodland||12:18 p.m.|
|Patrick Reed||Scott Langley||12:07 p.m.|
|Phil Mickelson||Webb Simpson||11:56 a.m.|
|Billy Horschel||Kenny Perry||11:45 a.m.|
|Shiv Kapur||Alex Cejka||11:34 a.m.|
|Stewart Cink||Bill Haas||11:23 a.m.|
|Ernie Els||Harris English||11:12 a.m.|
|Louis Oosthuizen||Retief Goosen||11:01 a.m.|
|Kevin Tway||Bo Van Pelt||10:50 a.m.|
|Cody Gribble||Ryan Moore||10:39 a.m.|
|Boo Weekley||Sergio Garcia||10:28 a.m.|
|Matthew Fitzpatrick||Russell Henley||10:17 a.m.|
|Kevin Stadler||Clayton Rask||10:06 a.m.|
|Paul Casey||Justin Leonard||9:55 a.m.|
|Zac Blair||Toru Taniguchi||9:44 a.m.|
|Zach Johnson||Billy Hurley||9:33 a.m.|
|Nicholas Lindheim||9:22 a.m.|
Martin Kaymer Keeps It Up
There is no reason to expect anything different from Kaymer, given the way he is currently playing.
Justin Ray of the Golf Channel highlighted just how incredible this performance has been thus far:
The only 36-hole lead in a major larger than Martin Kaymer's this week of 6 came at the 1934 Open Championship (Henry Cotton, 9).— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 13, 2014
Who wins the U.S. Open at this point?
Kaymer certainly doesn’t need to post two more 65s to win this thing, but he will put another solid round together Saturday. He has been hitting almost every drive right down the fairway (12 of 14) and reaching the greens in regulation (missed just three), and the rare times he did miss a green, he scrambled to save par.
His two-round score of 130 is an all-time tournament record, besting Rory McIlroy’s 131 from 2011, and he didn’t register a single bogey Friday.
As long as Kaymer continues to hit fairways and greens, he will hold on to that lead Saturday.
Adam Scott Makes A Charge
Marquee name Adam Scott played much better Friday than Thursday and finished with a three-under par 67 to climb back into contention.
He hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens, but he more than made up for some of his statistical struggles by needing only 26 putts on the round. He was an absolute wizard with that putter, which should make the rest of the field rather nervous as we head into the weekend.
Scott seemed to put a bit of pressure on Kaymer in his post-round comments, via Sean Martin of PGATour.com:
It's great golf for Martin. ... For him to come out today and back it up is super. If he does it for two more days, then we're all playing for second spot. But we all know that U.S. Opens get very difficult and if I can just somehow put together two really good rounds, maybe slowly but surely I'll creep my way up towards Martin.
Scott is hitting his stride at the only major tournament in which he has never truly contended for a title (his best finish is 15th place). He made two birdies without a bogey in the final seven holes and only had a single bogey in the entire round Friday.
He should have confidence going forward, especially in that putting stroke, and that may be all he needs as one of the best players in the world.
Matt Kuchar Stays In Contention
Mr. consistency Matt Kuchar posted a 70 in Round 2 to go along with his 69 in Round 1. He is one-under for the tournament, which is right around what we would expect for someone who rarely gets too high or too low.
Kuchar only has four bogeys throughout the entire U.S. Open thus far and matched the two he had Friday with two birdies.
Kuchar has to continue to rack up pars, and that is exactly what he will do. In all likelihood, Kaymer will come back down to earth a bit over the weekend, so as long as some of the big names like Kuchar avoid too many bogeys, we could have an interesting final round Sunday.
Kuchar rarely makes mistakes, which plays perfectly with this imposing course.
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