Surprise, surprise, the U.S. Open is very tough.
So, in the least surprising occurrence of Day 3 at the 2014 U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer could not continue his record-setting pace, shooting a two-over 72 to fall to within five strokes of a clamoring field of players.
Kaymer, who had shot a pair of 65s while setting an Open record of 130 over 36 holes, entered the day at 10-under par and six ahead of the next player.
Still, the rest of the field, befuddled by Pinehurst’s odd-shaped hump-backed greens and natural rough, could not take advantage of Kaymer’s poor play as they were just trying to keep from falling back themselves.
True to U.S. Open form, the speedy greens were downright tortuous.
So, perhaps the biggest surprise was that no one pulled out their hair as balls were often hitting the surface and just rolling right off. At one point, two-time Open champ Ernie Els hit two shots out of the sand that rolled back in.
Here are the surprises from the third day at the 2014 U.S. Open.