Martin Kaymer will take a six-shot lead into the third day of the 2014 US Open after a phenomenal 65 in the second round.
The former world number one was at his mercurial best on Friday as he continued his assault on Pinehurst, carding five birdies and no bogeys to put clear daylight between him and Brendon Todd, who sits in second on four under – Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Na are a shot further back.
Kaymer’s six-stroke advantage matches the 36-hole record set by US superstar and multiple major winner Tiger Woods in 2000 and more recently Rory McIlroy three years ago.
After a couple of years in the golf wilderness, the 29-year-old has surged back up the rankings this season following his recent victory at the Players Championship, considered the fifth Major by some, but despite already having tasted Major success, the German insists there is still some work to do in North Carolina.
“It’s not a done deal,” he said. “You don’t approach Saturday and Sunday in a relaxed way.
“There’s never a time where you can relax. Unless it’s Sunday afternoon and you’re raising the trophy, then you can relax. Until then, you’ve got to keep playing.”
Kaymer is currently 1.65 to win the 2014 US Open.