The 2014 U.S. Open began on Thursday without Tiger Woods competing at Pinehurst as he recovers from injury, but according to Bo Van Pelt via Farrell Evans what we’ve seen the first 36 holes is reminiscent of the dominance we routinely saw from Woods in majors, except we’re seeing it come from Martin Kaymer.
“Tiger Woods 2000 is here. He just looks like Martin Kaymer this week.”
After finishing his second round to bring his total score to 130, Kaymer became only the fourth player to finish a round with a double-digit score under par as he joined Tiger who accomplished the feat in 2000 when he won by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach, Jim Furyk in 2003, and Rory McIlroy did it in 2011.
Depending on how the rest of the field plays, Kaymer could have a shot at breaking Woods’ record win as he only has one bogey through the first 36 holes as he is playing the best golf of his career through entering the weekend.
Many wondered how the PGA tour would fare without the star power of Woods and if the television ratings would suffer as a result, well if you’re not watching the U.S. Open because you don’t think you’re going to see exceptional shot making, powerful drives and golfers draining putts from distance, you’re missing out on the show that Kaymer is putting on at Pinehurst.
If you missed any of the first two rounds make sure you tune in to see Kaymer on Saturday and Sunday to see if he can continue his Tiger Woods impression and possibly make history in the process.