2014 Players Champion, Martin Kaymer continues to defy the odds during the early going at Pinehurst Resort, and shoots a second 5-under par 65 on Friday afternoon. The 29 year-old German from Dusseldorf , blistered the famed old course for a second day, and has all but taken many of the early favorites out of the 2014 US Open.
Kaymer’s 10-under par total is currently good for an eight-shot lead with the afternoon session just getting underway. It was also good for a new record after 36 holes of any US Open, eclipsing Rory McIlroy’s lead at Congressional in 2011 by one shot.
Six players currently share second place at two under par with some being finished for the afternoon. Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na, who finished the first round early on Thursday with the lead prior to Kaymers 65 have just teed off for the afternoon session.
Phil Mickelson is getting his second round underway and starts at even par, now ten strokes off of the lead. Phil is almost everyone’s sentimental favorite, but will need to make some birdies in his round if he wants a shot at this thing.
Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson hit each others golf ball on the 18th hole(they teed off on 10 for the morning session) and both incurred a two-shot penalty and ended up needing to replay their shots.
Ken Duke had a miraculous finish at the 9th hole after putting his tee shot in the bunker next to a plant. He had to use his putter to bump the ball side-ways and was able to jar the sand shot for a par.
Right now, all eyes will be on Kaymer to see if he can continue this torrid pace at a golf course that has never rendered a double-digit score during a US Open. Payne Stewart won in 1999 at one under par, and Michael Campbell took the trophy in 2005 at even par.