Kaymer sets US Open record

German big-hitter Martin Kaymer shot a 65 in his second round at Pinehurst to solidify his lead at 10 under par.

    Kaymer led by eight shots when he finished with only three players in the afternoon cut into that deficit [AFP]
    Kaymer led by eight shots when he finished with only three players in the afternoon cut into that deficit [AFP]

    Martin Kaymer set a US Open record with a game so dominant that he did more than just build a six-shot lead.

    Kaymer opened with a short birdie and rolled his way to a second straight round of five-under 65 and no bogies.

    He set the 36-hole scoring record at 10-under 130 and left the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.

    Kaymer played early on a Pinehurst number two course that received a burst of showers overnight.

    That red 10 on the leaderboard next to his name was a daunting sight the rest of the day, with only three players in the afternoon cut into his eight-shot lead.

    Brendon Todd kept this from really getting out of hand as he made two tough pars from the bunker late in his round for a bogey-free 67.

    Woods' record matched

    His score puts him in the final group on the weekend in his first major.

    Kaymer tied the record for the largest 36-hole lead at the US Open, first set by Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 and matched by Rory McIlroy at rain-softened Congressional in 2011.

    Woods went on to win by 15 shots. McIlroy set the 72-hole scoring record and won by eight.

    "I played Congressional and I thought, 'How can you shoot that low,'" Kaymer said. "And that's probably what a lot of other people think about me right now."

    Brandt Snedeker had a 68 and joined Na at three-under 137 with only nine others who were under par going into the weekend.



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