2014 U.S. Open scores and results: Martin Kaymer runs away from Phil Mickelson, everyone else

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The lowest 36-hole score ever at the U.S. Open, a tidy 130 through two rounds, has Martin Kaymer out in front by a record-matching margin at Pinehurst.

Martin Kaymer hits the midpoint of the U.S. Open with the lowest score in the 114-year history of America's national championship. Kaymer backed up that startling opening round 65 with another round of 65 on Friday to get to 10-under. He's the first player ever -- in any of the major championships -- to start with those two dazzling numbers.

Kaymer held an eight-shot margin on the field for most of the day, but Brendon Todd "closed" it to six shots with a round of 67 in the afternoon draw. That matches the largest 36-hole lead in the U.S. Open, joining Rory McIlroy (2011) and Tiger Woods (2000). He's just the sixth player to reach double-digits at the U.S. Open, at any point, whether it's 36 or 72 holes.

We thought Kaymer might have a chance to go low early on Friday morning after Pinehurst was hit with a downpour overnight. The Donald Ross design was softened up a bit by the rain, and those turtleback greens we keep hearing about were slightly more receptive. And still, Kaymer was playing a different course than everyone else, getting safely off the tee, striking his irons, and rolling putts. At one point, he had one-putted 10 of 13 greens between that ridiculous back nine of the first round and his quick start on Friday. As he kept pushing the number eventually to double digits, you thought someone else might make a run to get within range but the advantage just kept growing. It had to be deflating for the afternoon wave who strolled up to the first tee down eight or more shots before ever hitting a ball on Friday.

Kaymer has generally closed when he's held the 36-hole lead, and this isn't your normal lead. It's an historic margin, and of course there's always blowup opportunities at a U.S. Open, but it's hard to see anyone chasing him down.

He's also not some unknown guy who put together two fleeting days. Kaymer is a former No. 1, a major winner, the Players Champion from a month ago, and has drilled a Ryder Cup clinching putt under the most intense conditions. With no thick Bermuda rough at Pinehurst, it's also hard to imagine Kaymer completely imploding. There were a few loose iron shots on his second nine on Friday, but the form has been there all year and right now he's just a perfectly tuned German machine.

Todd is a solid player having a career year, but he's not exactly the tested talent to put the fear in Kaymer. Kevin Na, Brandt Snedeker, and Dustin Johnson are some other top Americans in the red, but again it's a separate "B Group" that's seven and eight shots back. Johnson is the most talented of the group of chasers, but his putting has been atrocious and inhibited any serious run at Kaymer.

If the USGA makes the conditions tougher, as is their wont, that would only seem to help Kaymer and completely take out the possibility for movement and one of those low mid-60s rounds.

Before Kaymer, Phil Mickelson was the biggest story of this U.S. Open but it's looking like the six-time runner-up doesn't have a chance of completing the career slam (or even getting a seventh second place result). Mickelson started his day with two birdies in his first three holes, but then it came undone again with the putter. He called that part of his game "pathetic" last week in Memphis, and it was pretty terrible on Friday at Pinehurst. He's 193rd on the PGA Tour on putts from five feet and in, and as he noted Friday evening, he's just "throwing four or five shots away" per round up on the greens.

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He'll be around for the weekend, which is more than Bubba Watson or Jason Dufner can say, but there's no real hope of him getting that putting turned around for the final two days. He's already experimented with two different grips in each of the first two days. Phil seemed to check out towards the end of his round on Friday, coming in with a 3-over 73 to put him 13 shots back of Kaymer.

Here's where everyone stands after 36 holes in North Carolina:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

1

Martin Kaymer

-10

65

65

2

Brendon Todd

-4

69

67

T3

Kevin Na

-3

68

69

T3

Brandt Snedeker

-3

69

68

T5

Brooks Koepka

-2

70

68

T5

Dustin Johnson

-2

69

69

T5

Brendon de Jonge

-2

68

70

T5

Keegan Bradley

-2

69

69

T5

Henrik Stenson

-2

69

69

T10

Matt Kuchar

-1

69

70

T10

Rory McIlroy

-1

71

68

T10

Chris Kirk

-1

71

68

T10

Jordan Spieth

-1

69

70

T14

Adam Scott

E

73

67

T14

Francesco Molinari

E

69

71

T14

Erik Compton

E

72

68

T14

Ian Poulter

E

70

70

T14

Hideki Matsuyama

E

69

71

T14

Rickie Fowler

E

70

70

T20

Steve Stricker

1

70

71

T20

J.B. Holmes

1

70

71

T20

Danny Willett

1

70

71

T20

Marcel Siem

1

70

71

T20

Jason Day

1

73

68

T20

Justin Rose

1

72

69

T20

Aaron Baddeley

1

70

71

T27

Jimmy Walker

2

70

72

T27

Victor Dubuisson

2

70

72

T27

Seung-yul Noh

2

70

72

T27

Fran Quinn

2

68

74

T27

Lucas Bjerregaard

2

70

72

T27

Graeme McDowell

2

68

74

T33

Garth Mulroy

3

71

72

T33

Jim Furyk

3

73

70

T33

Gary Woodland

3

72

71

T33

Daniel Berger

3

72

71

T33

Scott Langley

3

72

71

T33

Patrick Reed

3

71

72

T33

Webb Simpson

3

71

72

T33

Phil Mickelson

3

70

73

T33

Billy Horschel

3

75

68

T33

Kenny Perry

3

74

69

T33

Shiv Kapur

3

73

70

T44

Alex Cejka

4

73

71

T44

Bill Haas

4

72

72

T44

Stewart Cink

4

72

72

T44

Harris English

4

69

75

T44

Ernie Els

4

74

70

T44

Louis Oosthuizen

4

71

73

T44

Retief Goosen

4

73

71

T44

Bo Van Pelt

4

72

72

T44

Kevin Tway

4

72

72

T44

Cody Gribble

4

72

72

T44

Ryan Moore

4

76

68

T44

Sergio Garcia

4

73

71

T44

Boo Weekley

4

71

73

T44

Matthew Fitzpatrick

4

71

73

T44

Russell Henley

4

70

74

T44

Clayton Rask

4

73

71

T60

Kevin Stadler

5

77

68

T60

Justin Leonard

5

75

70

T60

Paul Casey

5

70

75

T60

Toru Taniguchi

5

72

73

T60

Zac Blair

5

71

74

T60

Zach Johnson

5

71

74

T60

Billy Hurley III

5

71

74

T60

Nicholas Lindheim

5

72

73

Cut line 5-over

T68

Casey Wittenberg

6

74

72

T68

Andres Echavarria

6

74

72

T68

Hudson Swafford

6

76

70

T68

Mark Wilson

6

70

76

T68

Shane Lowry

6

73

73

T68

Luke Donald

6

77

69

T68

Charl Schwartzel

6

70

76

T68

Bubba Watson

6

76

70

T68

Jason Dufner

6

72

74

T68

Hunter Mahan

6

74

72

T68

Rod Pampling

6

73

73

T68

Cory Whitsett

6

77

69

T68

Hunter Stewart

6

75

71

T68

Kyoung-Hoon Lee

6

74

72

T68

Matt Jones

6

74

72

T68

Angel Cabrera

6

74

72

T68

Thongchai Jaidee

6

73

73

T68

Miguel Jimenez

6

72

74

T68

Joost Luiten

6

70

76

T68

Matt Dobyns

6

74

72

T68

Brian Campbell

6

76

70

T89

Nicolas Colsaerts

7

72

75

T89

Ken Duke

7

75

72

T89

John Senden

7

71

76

T89

Darren Clarke

7

75

72

T89

Geoff Ogilvy

7

73

74

T89

Ryan Blaum

7

73

74

T89

Luke Guthrie

7

73

74

T89

Christopher Doak

7

74

73

T89

Jim Renner

7

74

73

T89

Andrea Pavan

7

75

72

T89

Stephen Gallacher

7

73

74

T89

David Toms

7

73

74

T101

Lucas Glover

8

79

69

T101

Ryan Palmer

8

74

74

T101

David Gossett

8

76

72

T101

Sam Love

8

76

72

T101

Cameron Wilson

8

78

70

T101

Brian Stuard

8

75

73

T101

Chad Collins

8

74

74

T101

Roberto Castro

8

74

74

T101

Matt Every

8

76

72

T101

Lee Westwood

8

75

73

T101

Nick Watney

8

76

72

T101

WC Liang

8

74

74

T101

Justin Thomas

8

75

73

T114

Oliver Fisher

9

74

75

T114

Joe Ogilvie

9

73

76

T114

Henrik Norlander

9

70

79

T114

Pablo Larrazabal

9

71

78

T114

Tom Lewis

9

79

70

T114

Craig Barlow

9

74

75

T114

Smylie Kaufman

9

73

76

T121

Niclas Fasth

10

76

74

T121

Graham Delaet

10

75

75

T121

Hyung-Sung Kim

10

73

77

T121

Bernd Wiesberger

10

72

78

T121

Kevin Sutherland

10

75

75

T121

Maximilian Kieffer

10

76

74

T121

Maverick McNealy

10

74

76

T121

Anthony Broussard

10

78

72

T129

David Oh

11

75

76

T129

Graeme Storm

11

72

79

T129

Y.E. Yang

11

75

76

T129

Jamie Donaldson

11

70

81

T129

Brett Stegmaier

11

77

74

T129

D.A. Points

11

77

74

T129

Brady Watt

11

77

74

T136

Steven Alker

12

76

76

T136

Kevin Streelman

12

75

77

T136

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

12

76

76

T136

Simon Griffiths

12

72

80

T136

Rob Oppenheim

12

75

77

T136

Kevin Kisner

12

75

77

T136

Robert Allenby

12

79

73

T136

Aron Price

12

78

74

T144

Jonas Blixt

13

77

76

T144

Jeff Maggert

13

73

80

T144

Robby Shelton

13

78

75

T144

Nick Mason

13

78

75

T148

Chris Thompson

14

80

74

T148

Oliver Goss

14

71

83

T150

Bobby Gates

15

79

76

T150

Donald Constable

15

82

73

T150

Brandon McIver

15

82

73

153

Will Grimmer

17

77

80

154

Andrew Dorn

19

79

80

155

Azuma Yano

20

77

83

156

Kiyoshi Miyazato

22

81

81

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