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Martin Kaymer Stealing the Spotlight at the 114th US Open

by Photo of Alex Madrazo

Martin Kaymer on his way to a record setting performance for the ages.

Martin Kaymer Stealing the Spotlight at the 114th US Open

Coming into this weekend's 114th US Open Championship,the 29-year old German, Martin Kaymer had only 2 major titles in his career and was looking to build on the momentum he gained after last month's impressive win at the Players Championship, in which he shot an astounding 13-under at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  

After Thursdays opening round, Kaymer made headlines by shooting a 5-under-par 65, the lowest round ever shot in US Open history. On the front 9, he birded hole 1 and 5 en route to shooting a 1-under 34, then proceeded to birdie 4 out of the back 9 holes while shooting an amazing 31. That put him 3 strokes ahead of Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, and a 49- year old sectional qualifier Fran Quinn (playing in his first ever US Open).  

"I needed a win," said Kaymer. "I needed it for my confidence and all the work I put in.  I hit the ball very solid. I didn't make very few mistakes and I made a few putts in the end."

Is this dejavu all over again? With another outstanding showing by Kaymer in today's second round of the US Open, he became just the 5th golfer to ever reach double digits under par at this tournament. Not only did Kaymer break Peter Hedblom's best US open record for a round in 2 straight days (a 66 in the second round in 2005), but the two-day score of 130 set by Kayme, is the lowest 36-hole in US Open history. He tops the list of four other players who have accomplished the same feat: Rory Mcllroy (a 131 at Congressional in 2011), Ricky Barnes (a 132 at Bethpage Black in 2009), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk (both who shot 133 at Olympia Fields in 2003). 

Out of the four other golfers who reached double digits at the US Open, only Gil Morgan (who accomplished the feat in 1992) didn't win the tournament. Mcllroy and Tiger Woods both won this tournament by a combined 23 strokes. Depending on what happens with the rest of the afternoon groups today, Kaymer may be on pace to break the largest lead after 36 holes held by Woods in 2000 and Mcllroy in 2011 which was six strokes. If Kaymer continues on the pace he is playing this weekend, he may just set an all time record at the US Open which is something not even Tiger Woods himself has accomplished in his illustrious career. Only time will tell, but it looks like the 2014 US Open champion will be crowned before the weekend even finishes.

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