Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

German Is in a League of His Own at Pinehurst

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

German Is in a League of His Own at Pinehurst

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Byline: Phil Casey

RYDER Cup hero Martin Kaymer evoked memories of Rory McIlroy's runaway victory in 2011 as he continued his remarkable domination of the 114th US Open.

Kaymer said after his opening 65 - the lowest score ever in the US Open at Pinehurst - that no one should expect him to do it again, but that was precisely what he did on Friday to set another record.

The 29-year-old's halfway total of 130 eclipsed the previous championship best of 131 set by McIlroy at Congressional, although the Northern Irishman was 11-under and Kaymer 'only' 10 under after 11 birdies and just one bogey over the first two days.

McIlroy's halfway lead of six shots three years ago equalled the record set by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 - Kaymer (pictured right) was eight ahead of Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and American trio Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka as the afternoon starters headed onto the course.

"It's not a done deal," insisted Kaymer, who joined McIlroy as the only players to get to double digits under par in the first two rounds. "You don't approach Saturday and Sunday in a relaxed way.

"It's never a time when you can relax, unless it's Sunday afternoon and you are raising the trophy. There's never a time you can take it easy, you have to set your own goals and keep playing well."

Looking to become the first person to win the Players Championship and US Open in the same year, Kaymer played down concerns over the strapping on his left wrist, adding: "It's just (down to) a lot of practice and golf the last few months but it's no problem, I'm feeling good."

Kaymer had covered the back nine in 31 on Thursday and quickly demonstrated his liking for it yesterday, making light of the 627-yard par-five 10th - his opening hole - by holing from six feet for birdie.

The former world number one missed from 12 feet for birdie on the 12th but quickly made amends, holing from twice the distance on the next. …

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