The other 155 players at Pinehurst No. 2 certainly are.
Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Friday with another 5-under 65 — this one without a single bogey — to build a six-shot lead over Brendon Todd and leave the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.
“If he does it for two more days, then we’re all playing for second spot,” Adam Scott said.
Kaymer was at 10-under 130, breaking by one shot the record set by Rory McIlroy at rain-softened Congressional in 2011. He had an eight-shot lead when he finished his morning round. Todd made some tough par saves to keep bogeys off his card for a 67.
“I heard he played the No. 3 course. Is that true?” Kevin Na said after a 69 put him seven shots behind. “It’s unbelievable what he’s done. Is 4 or 5 under out there? Yes. Ten under out there? No, I don’t think so. I guess it was out there for him. I watched some of the shots he hit and some of the putts he’s made and he looks flawless.”
Acworth native Chris Kirk missed a short par putt on the 18th hole, but he still shot 68 to move into a 10th place tie at 1-under with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, and 2011 champion Rory McIlroy.
Kirk made the cut in his 19th consecutive tournament, and a good finish would help him secure important Ryder Cup points. Points are doubled for majors and Kirk is currently 10th in the American standings. The top-9 players earn automatic spots on the team.
Kaymer’s six-shot lead after 36 holes tied the U.S. Open record first