Kaymer’s 65 takes on all comers
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open
Kaymer conquers Pinehurst.  ©USGA/Hunter Martin

Kaymer conquers Pinehurst. ©USGA/Hunter Martin

The USGA decided to water Pinehurst No. 2 before the opening round of the U.S. Open, and Martin Kaymer took advantage of the good scoring conditions. He registered six birdies and one bogey for a five-under 65. Kaymer leads by three strokes over Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell, Brendon de Jonge, and Fran Quinn.

After his round, Kaymer spoke about how Pinehurst No. 2 was playing, “I got asked yesterday what score I would take for the whole week and I said 8 over par, so hopefully that’s not going to happen. Because the golf course, I thought, played a little more difficult on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They must have put a little more water on the greens last night. I thought it was very playable. And even the afternoon, we could stop the ball fairly well on the greens.”

Kaymer won The Players in May, and said the win “made a big difference on the confidence level.” Today, he was able to take that confidence to the course, and blow away the field with a round of five-under, which included birdies on three of the final five holes.

The 2010 PGA Champion is pleased with the state of his game, and no longer focuses on his technique, “You know, I stopped working on technique pretty much the middle of March, beginning of April. It was just about the right time for the Masters and the whole season, trying to get into the Ryder Cup team.”

Kaymer is no stranger to the big stage, he sank the clinching putt for the European Ryder Cup Team in the 2012 “Miracle at Medinah.” With some more clutch putts this week, he will be on the short list for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

–Bernie D’Amato