After 36 holes in the 114th U.S. Open Golf Championship, German Martin Kaymer has turned the historic Pinehurst (North Carolina) No. 2 course into his private golf show, carding two consecutive rounds of five-under-par 65 to take a commanding lead in the second of the major PGA championships for 2014.
Kaymer has a six-stroke lead over his nearest competitor with 36 holes remaining to be played on Saturday and Sunday. You may not know it from looking at the scorecard, but there are 66 other professional and amateur golfers still in the hunt for the coveted U.S. Open title after the weekend cut line was established at 36-hole scores of five over par and lower.
Eight professional golfers formerly from Big 12 schools are among the 67-golfer field playing on this weekend at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.Country Club.
Twenty-year-old PGA sensation Jordan Spieth, one of three former Texas Longhorns who survived the weekend cut in this year’s U.S. Open, is tied for 10th with three other golfers heading into round three on Saturday.
Spieth has a 36-hole score of one-under 139. The young native of the Lone Star State finished in a tie for second at this year’s Masters and was in contention right up until the final holes on Sunday. So far in 2014, Spieth has six top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour.
The two other former Longhorns still playing on the weekend are Cody Gribble at four-over 144 starting Saturday’s play and 20-year PGA Tour veteran Justin Leonard, who shot an even-par round of 70 on Friday to just make the cut at five-over par after 36 holes.
Gribble, like Spieth, is just in his second season on the PGA touring professional. Both were teammates on the 2012 Texas team that won the NCAA Golf Championship, the 46th in the school’s history.
Other former Big 12 golfers who are still firing away at the pins on Pinehurst No. 2 this weekend include Rickie Fowler, who went to Oklahoma State. Fowler was at even-par 140 after two rounds, tied for 14th with six others. Former Oklahoma State golfers Bo Van Pelt and Kevin Tway were both at four-over par 144 heading into the final 26 holes over the weekend.
Gary Woodland, who played collegiate golf at Kansas, shot 72-71 the first two days to come in at three-0ver 143, and Jimmy Walker, who played at Baylor, is at two-over 142.
Walker, who turned professional in 2001, was on fire early this year, winning the Sony Hawaiian Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament. He has three Tour wins already this season.