Kaymer knows he’s in for a fight

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Martin Kaymer is only one shot off the lead at the Open after round two, and he knows he has a real battle on his hands.

Martin Kaymer is only one shot off the lead at the Open after round two, and he knows he has a real battle on his hands.

Bad weather forecast for the weekend at Royal St George’s, and Kaymer, who shot rounds of 68 and 69 to lie on three under, is ready for it.

“I think the first two rounds were fairly good and I’m happy with that,” said the current US PGA Champion.

“But if the weather comes in, if the rain comes in and the wind, then it’s a battle. Then you need to fight, and then it becomes very difficult to keep that position.

“But I’m ready for it. I had a week off last week, so I’m prepared for some mental strength out there. I think I should be fine.”

Another current major champion, Charl Schwartzel, is also in contention after a second-round 67, which featured five birdies and two bogeys.

He was surprised to be so high up the leaderboard.

“A little bit,” he admitted. “I got off to such a good start (three under after five), I had a good score out there, but I guess that’s this golf course. You’re not going to just walk all over it.”

Asked if he knew about the weather forecast, he said: “I’ve seen it, and I don’t want to think about it.”

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