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This past weekend, Martin Kaymer carded the lowest U.S. Open round at Pinehurst.
Who is he you ask? Enjoy this:
MOBILE, Alabama — So, just who the heck is this Martin Kaymer guy?
You know, the golfer who holds a six-shot lead in the U.S. Open heading in today's third round at Pinehurst No. 2? The guy who has carded 11 birdies and one lone bogey in the first 36 holes of play and who broke Rory McIlroy's 36-hole U.S. Open scoring record by a shot?
The quick bio: He is a 29-year-old native of Dusseldorf, Germany, who turned pro in 2005. He has won two PGA Tour events — this year's The Players Championship and the 2010 PGA Championship — and 12 International events. Kaymer currently is No. 28 in the world rankings and is No. 15 on the PGA Tour's 2014 money list, having already earned $2,318,602.
There's more. He is one of only four players to win The Players Championship, a World Golf Championship event (2011 HSBC Champions) and a major championship (2010 PGA Championship). The other three? Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.
He has played in two Ryder Cups (2010, 2012) and four World Cups (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011). He lists Ernie Els as his golfing hero.
But who Martin Kaymer is right at this moment is the guy to beat at the U.S. Open, and that is not going to be an easy task, certainly not with a six-shot cushion heading into his 2:25 p.m. CDT tee time today and with only 36 holes to play.
He is not a player who is quietly ranked among the best players this year on the PGA Tour stat sheet. Instead, he's hidden there, usually well down the list. He currently is No. 122 in total putting, No. 85 in scoring average, No. 153 in total birdies, No. 178 in scrambling, No. 146 in total driving efficiency, No. 111 in strokes gained putting and No. 165 in driving.
And here's a stat that could come into play as the tournament winds down: Kayner ranks No. 140 in final round scoring average.
By Tommy Hicks al.com
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