Martin Kaymer is absolutely dominating at the 2014 U.S. Open, and there are six entire strokes separating him from the rest of the competitors. What’s more, plenty of marquee names like Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner and Lee Westwood missed the cut, so the field isn’t quite as loaded as it was at the start.
Still, there are some notable golfers like Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott who could make a run if Kaymer trips up.
You can follow all of the action between these golfers on the top of the leaderboard here with real-time, live updates, and a full leaderboard can be found at PGATour.com.
Here are some storylines to watch Saturday during Round 3.
Can Martin Kaymer Keep Up His Historic Pace?
All Kaymer did in the first two rounds was set a U.S. Open record with a total score of 130. Rory McIlroy’s two-round total of 131 from 2011 was very short lived thanks to Kaymer’s brilliance.
Not only did Kaymer tally his second-straight 65, but he played a bogey-free round of golf at one of the most difficult courses on the entire PGA Tour. He hit 12 of 14 fairways, missed only three greens and will win the championship as long as he doesn’t collapse over the weekend.
He even impressed other golfers along the way, as Dustin Johnson pointed out, via Bob Harig of ESPN.com:
He's always been a really good putter. So obviously he's making a lot of putts, and to make putts you have to be hitting good shots. I think obviously, 10 under, his score speaks for itself, he's doing everything well.
The only real issue now is dealing with life on top, which will be interesting to watch Saturday. There is a certain pressure that comes with owning such a big lead at a major tournament, especially with some impressive golfers behind him on the leaderboard.
He doesn’t have to post another 65, but he does have to deal with the pressure as the front-runner with at least a solid score.
Will Adam Scott Challenge For His First U.S. Open Title?
Scott is certainly one of the best golfers in the entire world, but he has never truly contended for a U.S. Open title. His best finish is 15th place, but that could change if he strings together another round Saturday like he did Friday.
He posted a three-under par 67 in Round 2 even though he only hit 11 of 18 greens. He salvaged his score with a brilliant putting stroke and only needed 26 putts to get through the entire round, which is borderline ridiculous.
Putting is absolutely critical at such a daunting course, and Scott appears to be hitting his stride as the weekend approaches. With Tiger Woods injured and Mickelson just surviving the cut, perhaps no other name on the leaderboard could make Kaymer sweat more than a charging Scott.
That fact alone makes Scott’s Saturday round must-see television.
Can Jordan Spieth Put Himself In Position Like The Masters?
Jordan Spieth came into the U.S. Open as one of the favorites and is hanging in contention, although his one-under for the tournament has been somewhat under the radar because Kaymer has been so dominant.
Don’t forget though that this is the same young golfer who had a grip on the green jacket at Augusta during the final round before losing a three-stroke lead to Bubba Watson. That experience should help Spieth Sunday at the U.S. Open, although he has to put himself into that position with a brilliant round Saturday.
If Spieth, who is one of the better scramblers on the Tour, can use his abilities around the green to rack up pars and the occasional birdie, he could challenge some of the marquee names near the top of the leaderboard.
If anyone in this field knows that Kaymer’s lead at a major isn’t safe, it’s Spieth.
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