Ten things to know about the second round of the 2014 US Open
Martin Kaymer was incredible on Friday but there's a lot of other stuff happening at the US Open, as well.
There wasn't much drama on the second day of the 2014 US Open but that doesn't mean it wasn't a ton of fun.
Martin Kaymer took the air out of the leaderboard so everyone positioned themselves for a run at second place -- or maybe the trophy if Kaymer falls off the face of the earth on Saturday.
Here are the 10 things you need to know about Round 2 of the US Open.
1. Martin Kaymer was immense: I think folks in the United States don't appreciate what Kaymer is doing (because he's not named Tiger?) but this is some totally historic stuff from the Big German.
He dropped a 130 through the first two rounds when nobody else could even muster anything better than 135.
We covered it a little bit here but Kaymer has a chance to post one of the most impressive major performances in golf history at one of the most historic venues in US Open history.
And if he keeps hitting shots like this then he's going to do it.
2. Phil Mickelson will not win this year: Lefty filed a 73 to back up his 70 on Thursday and barring something miraculous on Saturday and Sunday he will take an 0-24 record at his nation's championship to Chambers Bay in 2015.
I'm bummed, he's bummed, NBC is bummed, everyone who isn't German is bummed.
3. This seems important:
It's not easy to make up strokes on a #USOpen weekend. 15 of the last 16 US Open winners were in the top-6 headed into the weekend.— Jamie Kennedy (@jamieonsport) June 13, 2014
Your top six:
4. Adam Scott's 67 got lost: I don't know how the No. 1 player in the world can shoot a 67 and slide into the top 15 at a major and not a peep be made about it, but Scotty did just that on Friday. If Kaymer can't close (which we know he can) Scott will be there to clean things up.
5. This was the tweet of the day and it wasn't close: Dirk Nowitzki, crushing.
I don't want to jinx him but my boy Martin Kaymer is on fiyah.....— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) June 13, 2014
6. Is Pinehurst playing easy? It seems to be. Consider this from NBC: From 1992-2013 there were 10,044 US Open rounds played and 20 guys who hit every fairway. So far this year there have already been seven.
Granted, the "fairways" this week are tougher to determine than the exact color of Billy Horschel's pants, but still.
7. Par is easier to beat, too: In 1999 and 2005 at Pinehurst combined there were 12 golfers under par. In 2014 there are 13. You know what that means? Fire to the greens and fairways overnight!
8. The list Kaymer is trying to join: And it is a hell of a list. These are the only four men to have won a US Open, PGA Championship, and Players Championship. Kaymer could make it five.
9. This would be an amazing tournament if Kaymer wasn't playing: Lost in all of this is that we would have an incredible tournament on our hands if not for Kaymer. Take him out of it and 25 golfers would be within five of Brendon Todd's 4-under score.
Included on that list are: Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, and Justin Rose.
10. Rory McIlroy is lurking: McIlroy shot a sneaky 68 on Friday to get to 1 under, three back of second and nine back of Kaymer.
If the Big German Machine blows a radiator, McIlroy could get himself another one of those backdoor wins he loves to get.
Also, I see he's buttering him up for a huge fall on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy says what Martin Kaymer is doing at Pinehurst is more impressive than what he did at Congressional.— Stephen Schramm (@stephenschramm) June 13, 2014
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