Kaymer fires second 65, opens 6-shot lead

Second Round – United States Golf Association – 114th U.S. Open –Pinehurst Resort No. 2 – Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina–

Germany’s Martin Kaymer did it again.

The 29-year-old logged a second straight 5-under-65 at Pinehurst No. 2 to reach 10-under and set a U.S. Open record for 36 holes. The PLAYERS Champion and former PGA Championship winner leads the 114th U.S. Open by six shots — tying another record — at the half-way point.

Brendon Todd, who won the HP Byron Nelson in May, is 4-under overall after carding a 67. Ranked 55th in the world, Todd was a 100-to-1 long shot to win here this week at but has a long way to go. And, he’s alone in second. Todd tees off Saturday in the final pairing with Kaymer.

Kevin Na, a runner-up at the Memorial losing in a playoff, and Brandt Snedeker are T-3 at 3-under. Ahost of high-profile players are part of the five-player tie for 5th place at 2-under including Henrik Stenson, the World No. 2 player, Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson.

Although in the Top 10 at 1-under, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are nine shots off the pace.

Kaymer, who opened the week at 35-1 odds to win the championship, is No. 28 in the Official World Golf Ranking and former World No. 1 player. With 10 European Tour victories, a major title and a PLAYERS championship in his pocket, he will be difficult to catch this weekend even at the U.S. Open.

Top-ranked Adam Scott rallied Friday to shoot 67. He is T-14 at even par through two rounds.

Other U.S. Open News:

  • Phil Mickelson, who has a record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, was hoping to complete the career Grand Slam with a victory this week. Instead, Lefty sits T-33 and too far back. He shot 73 Friday and has yet to record a Top 10 on the PGA Tour in 2014.
  • With just a few players finishing up round two, the cut-line is projected at 5-over which would leave several big names without a weekend tee time. Masters champion Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan appear to have missed out.
  • Na is ranked 40th in the world and was listed at 125-1 to win the title by odds makers.