US Open: Pinehurst Round 2 Notebook
When Records Collide – When Martin Kaymer hung up a second straight 65 at Pinehurst his 130 total was a new US Open record for 36 holes. But his ten under par total as not a record. Rory McIlroy shot eleven under two years ago at Congressional on his way to a win. But Congressional was a par 71 layout (Pinehurst is Par 70) so McIlroy’s halfway total was 131.
Dr. Gil Morgan was the first player in US Open history to ever get to ten under at any point in a round. He did that in Round 3 at Pebble Beach in 1992, but after getting to as low as twelve under he faded and Tom Kite won in a gale the next day at three under par.
Keep It Up? – The consensus is that 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer need only play even par on the weekend to pick up his second major win. The argument for Kaymer holding up his recent win at the Players Championship. Just to keep it interesting consider a couple of facts.
Outside of his win at Sawgrass he has no top tens on the PGA Tour and only one top 20.
His record is even more pedestrian in Europe. He has two top 20’s and the rest of his tournaments were outside of the top 30. Also on the weekend at the Players he had to hang on with rounds of 72-71, minus one.
Biggest Losers – The USGA over the years has been creative, and at times humorous, in setting groups for the first two rounds of the US Open. Two years ago at Olympic it was Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Sometimes it might be names or nationalities, etc.
This year at Pinehurst they may have breached the bounds of etiquette. One of the trios put together for rounds one and two included Brendon De Jonge, Shane Lowery and Kevin Stadler. What you ask do the three of them have in common? Politely put they are most physically “stout” players in the field. The players caught on early. Expressed their displeasure and are reported to have received an apology from the USGA.