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Jun 15, 2014

Golf-Pacesetting Kaymer set for afternoon teeoff at U.S. Open

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Dazzling sunshine and calm conditions greeted the early starters for the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday as overnight leader Martin Kaymer prepared for a mid-afternoon teeoff.

Temperatures are expected to climb to a high of 88 F (31 C) later in the day and, with Pinehurst’s challenging No. 2 Course already running firm and fast, pin positions are a little friendlier than they were for Saturday’s third round.

Jun 15, 2014

Young gun Fowler, journeyman Compton converge in Pinehurst

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton have followed very different paths to the PGA Tour but they converged in impressive style at the U.S. Open on Saturday as they ended the third round tied for second place.

Fowler, one of the most exciting talents to emerge in recent years, and journeyman Compton, a double heart-transplant recipient who has played mainly on the satellite tours, soared into contention with matching three-under-par 67s.

Jun 15, 2014

Golf-Kaymer five ahead after testing day at Pinehurst

PINEHURST, North Carolina, June 14 (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer, who had been near-flawless with his golf over the first two days, survived three early bogeys and a faltering finish to lead the U.S. Open by five shots after Saturday’s third round.

In pursuit of his second major title, the 29-year-old German conjured a miraculous eagle at the par-five fifth on the way to a two-over-par 72 in blazing sunshine at Pinehurst Resort where scoring was at its most difficult for the week.

Jun 15, 2014

Kaymer five ahead after tricky day at Pinehurst

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer, who had been near-flawless with his golf over the first two days, survived three early bogeys and a faltering finish to lead the U.S. Open by five shots after Saturday’s third round.

In pursuit of his second major title, the 29-year-old German conjured a miraculous eagle at the par-five fifth on the way to a two-over-par 72 in blazing sunshine at Pinehurst Resort where scoring was at its most difficult for the week.

Jun 14, 2014

Golf-Kaymer set to start in tricky Pinehurst conditions

PINEHURST, North Carolina, June 14 (Reuters) – Conditions were much tougher in the U.S. Open third round on Saturday as Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course firmed up under blazing sunshine with runaway leader Martin Kaymer about to tee off.

Trickier pin positions, many of them tucked away in the corners of the turtleback greens, and shifting breezes presented a daunting challenge and only two players in the field were under par for the day as Kaymer prepared to start.

Jun 14, 2014

Trickier conditions at Pinehurst for third round

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – The early starters faced tougher conditions in the U.S. Open third round on Saturday as runaway leader Martin Kaymer of Germany prepared for a late afternoon teeoff.

Trickier pin positions, many of them tucked away in the corners of the turtleback greens on Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course, and a par-70 layout firming up under bright sunshine were certain to present a daunting challenge.

Jun 14, 2014

Kaymer brilliance leaves rivals admiring from afar

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer’s stunning form over the first two days at the U.S. Open left his challengers trailing in his wake on Friday, reviving memories of runaway wins by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

The ice-cool German, oozing confidence since his victory at the elite Players Championship last month, has so far mastered a tricky Pinehurst layout, successive rounds of five-under-par 65 putting him six strokes in front in record fashion.

Jun 14, 2014

Kaymer leads Open by six shots in record style

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer, playing flawless golf, took advantage of a rain-softened Pinehurst layout in record style to stretch his U.S. Open lead to a commanding six shots after Friday’s second round.

The 29-year-old German, three ah7ead overnight after opening with a five-under-par 65 that he described as “exceptional”, followed up with the same score to post a tournament low 10-under total of 130 in the second major of the season.

Jun 13, 2014

Bradley in awe of Kaymer’s stellar play at Pinehurst

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Keegan Bradley had the best seat in the house to watch Martin Kaymer take the U.S. Open by the scruff of its neck on Friday, and he described the German as being “as dialed in as I’ve seen.”

American Bradley, who was grouped with Kaymer for the first two rounds at Pinehurst, looked on in awe as his playing partner fired successive scores of five-under-par 65 on a challenging layout to post a record low total in the year’s second major.

Jun 13, 2014

Golf-Kaymer leads Open by eight shots in record style

PINEHURST, North Carolina, June 13 (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer, playing flawless golf, took advantage of a rain-softened Pinehurst layout to stretch his U.S. Open lead to a commanding eight shots in record style early in Friday’s second round.

The 29-year-old German, three ahead overnight after opening with a five-under-par 65 that he described as “exceptional”, followed up with the same score to post a tournament low 10-under total of 130 in the second major of the season.