A very different Day 2 than anybody expected.
Already seeing stories comparing him with Tiger.
Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship victor, has never finished better than a tie for eighth in the U.S. Open. So naturally, he’s come into Pinehurst and posted a score of 10-under that puts him in the company of elite performances like those of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. His back-to-back 65s are records for individual rounds at a Pinehurst U.S. Open. The combined score is the lowest for 36 holes ever posted in the U.S. Open, and matches the lowest score ever in a major.
This is ridiculous. This is scoring 200 points against the 1996 Bulls, homering five times off Mariano Rivera, intercepting Tom Brady a half-dozen times. But here’s the point where we step back and point out that a U.S. Open isn’t over until the final putt drops; just ask Phil Mickelson.
Plus, even a double-digit score below par is no guarantee of victory. A fella named Gil Morgan could tell you that. Morgan was 9-under halfway through the 1992 U.S. Open and would eventually get to 12-under before effectively falling off the edge of the world. He played his final 29 holes at 17-over and surrendered the victory to Tom Kite, eventually finishing in 13th place. Kite erased a deficit of eight strokes, one of three players to do that at the U.S. Open. Lou Graham holds the record for making up a deficit, coming from 11 strokes back to win the 1975 U.S. Open.
OK, so where are our picks???
Rory McIlroy Tied for 10th at 1 under par
Matt Kuchar Tied for 10th at 1 under par
Graeme McDowell Tied for 27th after shooting a 74 yesterday
Bubba Watson Missed the cut