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Golf: Martin Kaymer sets U.S. Open record at Pinehurst



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Brandt Snedeker had a 68 and joined Na at 3-under 137. Only nine others were under par going into the weekend.

It looks like a typical U.S. Open — except for Kaymer.

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U.S. Open

Third round, Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Former Cougar Zac Blair will play on

Former BYU golfer Zac Blair shot a 4-over-par 74 in the second round and made the 36-hole cut. Blair is 5 over for the tournament. The Ogden native made two birdies and six bogeys Friday, after posting a 71 with two bogeys in the opening round.

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Dustin Johnson opened with a pair of 69s, a score he would have gladly taken at the start of the week and perhaps thought it would be good enough to lead.

"I wouldn’t have thought it would be eight shots behind," Johnson said.

Brooks Koepka, the American who is carving his way through the European Tour, birdied his last hole for a 68 and joined the group at 2-under 138 with Brendon de Jonge (70), Henrik Stenson (69) and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who played in the same group with Kaymer and rallied for a 69.

Former BYU golfer Zac Blair shot a 4-over-par 74 in the second round and made the 36-hole cut. Blair is 5 over for the tournament. The Ogden native made two birdies and six bogeys Friday, after posting a 71 with two bogeys in the opening round.

Starting on the back nine, Kaymer hit wedge into 5 feet for birdie on the par-5 10th. He made birdie putts from 20 and 25 feet, and then hit a gorgeous drive on the par-4 third hole, where the tee was moved up to make it play 315 yards. His shot landed perfectly between two bunkers and bounced onto the green to set up a two-putt birdie.

And the lead kept growing.

"I look at the scoreboards. It’s enjoyable," Kaymer said. "To see what’s going on, to watch yourself, how you react if you’re leading by five, by six. ... I don’t know, but it’s quite nice to play golf that way."

Kaymer was the sixth player in U.S. Open history to reach double-digits under par, though McIlroy was the only other player to get there before the weekend.


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This is the "Germanator" everyone expected when he won the PGA Championship, and then a year later rose to No. 1 in the world. Kaymer felt his game was not complete enough, so he set out to develop a draw — his natural shot is a fade — and it took two years of lonely hours on the range to get it right.

At the moment, he can do no wrong.

Kaymer felt tired toward the end of the round, and it showed. He hit into bunkers on the sixth and seventh holes, and both times blasted out to short range. He also converted a difficult two-putt from the front of the eighth green.

Even with a big lead, Kaymer did not consider changing his strategy.

"Because if you think of defending anything, then you’re pulling back, and that’s never really a good thing," he said. "You just want to keep going. You want to keep playing. You want to challenge yourself. If you can stay aggressive and hit the right shots. And that’s quite nice that it’s a battle against yourself."

That’s what this U.S. Open is right now. A one-man show.



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