Pinehurst, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Martin Kaymer of Germany set a new US Open record after firing a second straight five-under-par 65 Friday.
With a halfway mark of 130, Kaymer broke Rory McIlroy’s mark of 131 set at Congressional in 2011.
Kaymer, who won the Players Championship last month and captured the 2010 PGA Championship, didn’t make a bogey at Pinehurst No. 2, was leading by eight strokes when he finished his round.
“I played very well, I’ve had some good rounds in the past as well,” said Kaymer, who was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2011. “But yesterday and today, especially today, the way I worked my way around the course.
“I hit some smart shots. I didn’t play too aggressive and when I had a good number, I went for the flag and I didn’t make many mistakes on the greens. I didn’t 3-putt and made a lot of good putts,” he added.
He became just the sixth person in the 114-year history of the U.S. Open to reach double digits under par during the championship and if his lead holds, it will eclipse the 36-hole record of six shots held by Rory McIlroy (2011) and Tiger Woods (2000).
McIlroy went on to win by eight shots at Congressional; Woods won by a record 15 at Pebble Beach.
“He’s dialed in,” said Keegan Bradley, who played with Kaymer during the first two rounds and is eight strokes back. “He’s as dialed in as I’ve seen.”