Round one of the 114th U.S. Open is in the books, and at the end of the day, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, finds himself atop the leader board at Pinehurst No. 2. On Thursday, the 29-year old shot five-under 65, which included birding four of the final nine holes, finishing the day three-shots ahead of a group of several players that finished two-under 68.
Despite many golfers earlier in the week stating that they felt the course would be one of the more difficult ones this year, Kaymer’s 65 set a U.S. Open Pinehurst No. 2 record, edging out Peter Hedblom’s second round 66 shot performance in 2005.
Following the round, Kaymer made it clear that Thursday’s win was exactly what he was looking for from a mental standpoint.
“I needed a win,” said Kaymer. “Whether it was The Players or a regular PGA Tour event, I just needed it for my confidence, for all the hard work I’ve put in the last couple of years.”
Kaymer, who turned professional in 2005, is looking to claim his second Major Championship of his career – 2010 PGA Championship – and become the first German in history to win the U.S. Open. He entered this weekend 28th ranked in the world and ranked 24th in the FedEx Cup standings.
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