Martin Kaymer drops another shot after drawing miserable lie in Pinehurst woods

This is not an ideal position to play from at the U.S. Open.

We're all waiting on a Martin Kaymer meltdown to make this U.S. Open moderately interesting on the weekend, and a wild drive on his fourth hole of the day put him in one of the worst lies you can get at a U.S. Open. Kaymer sent one well off the Pinehurst fairway, his ball rattling around in the trees, and coming to rest in what looked to be the pinestraw.

But when Kaymer, and the NBC cameras, arrived at his ball, they found a ghastly lie. Kaymer's ball came to rest in some wash-out hardpan, and firmly up against a wall of the pinestraw.

Kaymer_lie-2_medium

He obviously called in a couple rules officials to go over his options, and they weren't great. The pinestraw is a loose impediment, so he could move that around but obviously if it caused his ball to move, that would be a penalty. He also got no relief off the hardpan because it wasn't considered "ground under repair."

Kaymer_lie_1_medium

The final decision was to take an unplayable lie, which triggers a penalty stroke, and move his ball two club-lengths out into the fluffily pine straw, which isn't the worst stuff to hit off of (especially compared to the typical U.S. Open rough.

All in all, Kaymer would mitigate the damage with just a bogey -- an incredible bogey. He'd take the unplayable, punch out to 160 yards or so, and get up-and-down from there to drop just one shot on the hole. He's now 8-under for the championship, still five shots up on Brendon de Jonge and Brandt Snedeker.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.