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Friday
Jun132014

With This Absurdly Good First 36 Holes, Martin Kaymer...

...from the USGA media notes...

  • Kaymer’s 36-hole total of 130 is the lowest score for the first 36 holes in a U.S. Open. The previous record was held by Rory McIlroy, who shot 131 in 2011 at Congressional.
  • His six-stroke lead tied the largest 36-hole lead in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach) and Rory McIlroy (2011, Congressional) also had six-stroke leads.
  • He became the sixth player in U.S. Open history to reach double digits under par. He joins Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000), Jim Furyk (2003), Ricky Barnes (2009) and Rory McIlroy (2011).
  • Kaymer joins Rory McIlroy (2011) as the only players to be double digits under par through 36 holes at a U.S. Open.
  • He reached double digits under par in 32 holes – the second-fastest in U.S. Open history. Rory McIlroy reached double digits under par in 26 holes in 2011 at Congressional.
  • Kaymer is the first player to open a major championship with consecutive rounds of 65 or better.
  • He ranks in the top five in all three major statistical categories: Fairways Hit (T-2, 25/28), Greens in Regulation (T-5, 26/36), and Total Putts (T-4, 54).
  • Kaymer has held a 36-hole lead on seven occasions. He has gone on to win four times, including the 2014 Players Championship.

Dave Kindred wrote about Kaymer's incredible start and post round comments and surmised...

This U.S. Open is his. Three players ever have led the Open by five shots or more after 36 holes. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Willie Anderson all won the tournament. Kaymer leads this Open by six shots.

A snippet of Kaymer's post-round comments:

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06.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
2nd last group away on Saturday:

SNEDEKER, Brandt NA, Kevin
06.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh
Is there a perfect 36 holes? Stunning!
06.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Kaymer is basically only successful half the time with a 36 hole lead, and this is the U.S. Open, at Pinehurst #2. I'm not saying for sure he isn't, just that I'm far from sure he is.

And did anybody catch how Mickelson slipped in a quick reference to some player going low in a U.S. Open - I think it was Gil Morgan - only to later finish badly? FIGJAM made subtle use of his wonky golf geek persona to camouflage that subtle dart aimed at Kaymer's psyche, no doubt in the hope Kaymer was watching - which he probably was. Won't salvage Phil's chances, though.
Stuck in Bangkok ( well nobody is really stuck here) and seriously pissed off. The hotel's tv package doesn't carry the the channel which covers the Open and all the bars are focused on the World Cup, and I hate football. Haven't and most likely won't see a shot. Arrrrrrghhhh! Someone, please, how does #2 look?
Jealously yours...
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeefer
I think the winning score at about 8 under. How many guys can get there, especially iif on Sunday pins are at a 9.1 on the Retarded Pin Placement scale? Maybe five or six guys... watch out for Todd and Na. And merger, course looks great.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim in NZ
Meefer - watch it online.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Luke
Next to Adam Scott, he's the hottest guy in golf, with a group of young cuties just behind (Billy Horschel, Luke Guthrie, Brooks Koepka). Allison Michelletti was a fool to let him go (altho she ended up with a not-shabby consolation prize in Mike Modano). Wonder who's the lucky girl he's dating now?? Love how clean cut he is.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinella groupie
Only halftime. Would be surprised if it does not get interesting at some point.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Shame on anyone for wanting Kaymer to crash/burn, especially you media-types. This is golf where you don't wish ill on your opponent. Here's hoping that Kaymer continues to play as impeccably this weekend as he's done in rounds one, two.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick in Tampa
I didn't think much of Mickelson's comment, plenty of guys have blown big leads but this course doesn't seem to offer that many chances for disaster. Set up could be key.

Re his single status, always surprising that networks don't make much of it...all they have to say is he's single. That's one of main ways to identify/describe a person, single, married, dating so-and-so. I think the audience is interested in who is in a golfer or athlete's inner circle. I agree he is very clean cut, always nicely presented.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
Easy guy to root for and will be a great champion...that said, selfishly I like an exciting final round so he needs to shoot about 76 today for me to have my ideal Father's Day...call it 76 - 68 over the weekend for the win, just give me about 12 guys that can win going into Sunday.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJS
@meefer: I feel your pain. I almost started a Czech riot last night when I dared to ask a bar mgr to put one of 4 tv's to the golf. I am TV free at home for ten plus yrs now.

WorldCup football will destroy the international ratings for golf this weekend. Bet on it.
But at least there's online tv for free...and the UK coverage is far and away better.



The tourney ain't over by a long shot...lots of stuff still to happen. Donald Ross will see to that! Kaymer's got the bullseye on his back..gonna be some knives thrown for sure.

YeeHaw...fun to watch.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Meefer: wiziwig.com can be your friend. Give it a try. It's how I watch the Open Championship.

Football, or as the older locals call it, Commie Kickball, is fun to watch every four years. Or when your kid is playing.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Maybe Kaymer was just trying to reach Bradley. Peer pressure is the only thing that's going to work. Well, besides strokes.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
I like Kaymer, I wish him well - 20 under or more when he's done. But #2 is a total snooze. It's not much more fun to play.
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
Thx for the suggestions, gents, but the old phone is my only source of connectivity and my eyes ain't what they used to be (a troubling trend in this body).
06.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeefer

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