The U.S. Open is supposed to be the ultimate test of golf, the most grueling of all the majors, the tournament that separates the men from the guys who only wish they were men. Don’t tell that to Martin Kaymer who is currently making Pinehurst No. 2 lie down, roll over and play dead, just like it was his very own fluffy dog.
Two days into the 2014 U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer is shooting a 10-under-par 130. A 65 on day one, followed up by an astonishing 65 on day two. That sets a new 36-hole scoring record for the U.S. Open, eclipsing Rory McIlroy’s mark of 131. Kaymer also became just the fifth man in tournament history to reach double-digits under par.
Don’t tell this to Martin Kaymer, but once upon a time a golfer hit double-digits under at the U.S. Open and still went on to lose the tournament. That dubious feat was accomplished by Gil Morgan in 1992.
As of this posting, Kaymer still has a shot at the record for the largest lead at the end of round 2 of a U.S. Open. He was eight ahead at the end of his round, and the record is six (held by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy).
Kaymer has only one bogey after 36 holes and could go into the weekend with as much as an 8-shot lead. If he doesn’t win this U.S. Open, it will be one of the larger choke-jobs in history. But if he keeps playing the way he did the first two days, he will be in no danger of losing. In fact, he will have a chance to wipe out the field the same way Tiger Woods did in 2000 when he won at Pebble Beach by a ridiculous 15 strokes.