Kaymer Breaks McIlroy’s 36-Hole Scoring Record
By Ron Driscoll, USGA
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer of Germany, ranked No. 28 in the world, completed the first two rounds of the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 in record fashion on Friday, breaking Rory McIlroy’s 36-hole scoring record with rounds of 65-65 for a 10-under-par total of 130.
Kaymer, who has played 29 consecutive holes without a bogey, made five birdies in Round 2 and bettered the 131 total posted by McIlroy (65-66) en route to an eight-stroke victory in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course in Bethesda, Md. Ricky Barnes finished two rounds at 132 (67-65) in 2009 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. He went on to tie for second, two strokes behind Lucas Glover.
Kaymer also has a chance to tie or break the record for largest lead through 36 holes. As he finished, he led by eight strokes with the afternoon wave of play just underway. The record lead through two rounds is six strokes, held jointly by Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach) and McIlroy in 2011. Both went on to post comfortable front-running victories, McIlroy by eight strokes and Woods by a record 15 strokes.