Martin Kaymer has gone mad at the 2014 U.S. Open. In a good way. At the time of writing, he holds an eight-stroke lead over the field at minus-10. Although he is so far ahead of everyone else, he has to carry his hot play into the weekend.
So many golfers still have to tee off, so I would be surprised if Kaymer was still eight strokes ahead when the day is over. Regardless, he cannot just cruise to victory the rest of the way through. He has to continue to make birdies.
Although Kaymer is making Pinehurst look like a public golf course, one or two holes can ruin his great start to this tournament. I imagine he will still hold the lead after tomorrow. After all, he is so far ahead of everyone else at the moment. But, I am sure other players will catch up and be well within striking distance going into the final round.
Winning the U.S. Open is no easy feat. Winning any golf tournament isn’t easy. This is such a mental sport and things can go crashing down in a hurry.
Kaymer has the room to play a little more conservative, but he cannot take his foot completely off the gas. If the course is still playing easy this weekend — for Kaymer at least — he has to try and score on every hole that gives him that opportunity.
Kaymer has shot back-to-back 65s and is in a great position heading into the weekend. It will be interesting to see if other big names in golf can catch up to him.