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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.

Jun 13, 2014

Kaymer stretches U.S. Open lead to six shots

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer took advantage of a rain-softened Pinehurst layout to stretch his overnight lead at the U.S. Open to a commanding six shots with five holes to play in the second round on Friday.

The 29-year-old German, three ahead of the chasing pack after opening with a five-under-par 65 that he described as “exceptional”, birdied four of his first 13 holes under sunny skies to move to nine under for the tournament.

Jun 12, 2014

Golf-Kaymer takes control at treacherous Pinehurst

PINEHURST, North Carolina, June 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s Martin Kaymer stunningly birdied four of his last nine holes in the toughest conditions of the day to seize a three-shot lead in the U.S. Open first round at Pinehurst Resort on Thursday.

Seeking a second major title after clinching his first in the 2010 PGA Championship, Kaymer produced sizzling form on a hot and sunny afternoon as he fired a five-under-par 65 on Pinehurst’s fabled No. 2 Course.

Jun 12, 2014

Rose stays confident after short game let-down at Pinehurst

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Short-game woes undermined Justin Rose’s opening round on Thursday at the U.S. Open but the reigning champion remained upbeat about his bid to become the event’s first back-to-back winner in 25 years.

Though the English world number nine drove the ball well most of the day, he struggled with his chip shots on to Pinehurst’s turtle-back greens as he carded a two-over-par 72 to finish four strokes off the early pace.

Jun 12, 2014

Golf-Mickelson in early contention at tricky Pinehurst

PINEHURST, North Carolina, June 12 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, who has suffered more U.S. Open heartache than any other player, thrilled his fans as he moved into contention on Thursday for the only major title which has eluded him.

The American left-hander, who has been a runner-up in his national championship a record six times, ground out an even-par 70 in the opening round at Pinehurst Resort to finish two strokes off the early pace.

Jun 12, 2014

Pinehurst U.S. Open starts under overcast skies

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – U.S. Open organizers were preparing for the likelihood of late afternoon thunderstorms as the opening round of the year’s second major began under cloudy skies at Pinehurst Resort on Thursday.

Little-known American Daniel Berger struck the first shot on the par-four opening hole while Swede Henrik Norlander began proceedings at the par-five 10th to launch the third U.S. Open to be played on Pinehurst’s fabled No. 2 Course.

Jun 11, 2014

Belgian Bomber aims to overpower Pinehurst

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Homesick for the European lifestyle, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts has mainly struggled on the PGA Tour this season but hopes that his love of the U.S. Open can help reignite his game this week at Pinehurst.

The 31-year-old, who is nicknamed the ‘Belgian Bomber’ because of his prodigious length off the tee, has recorded only one top-25 in 11 starts on the 2013-14 PGA Tour, yet feels his style of play is ideally suited to Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course.