Kaymer: Up to 40 have realistic chance

Martin Kaymer firmly believes as many as 40 players are capable of capturing this week’s US Open.

Martin Kaymer firmly believes that as many as 40 players have a realistic chance of capturing this week’s US Open at Congressional Country Club.

The reigning US PGA Champion and World No 3, who plays the first two rounds with World Nos 1 and 2 Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, is convinced that the field for the second major of the year is more wide open than ever.

“A few years ago maybe it was 10 or 12 players, but now it’s so spread out,” Kaymer said. “I think it could be anybody – 30 to 40 is my guess.

“It can be a young guy, a Ryo Ishikawa or Rory McIlroy. Or it can be a David Toms. It’s wide open.

“It’s nothing you can push or try to force. It’s a waiting thing. You need to be patient. Patience is the big part and the most important thing.

“If I have an OK start, put myself in an OK position for the weekend, then I’m looking for that great round over the weekend. Sometimes that great round isn’t even necessary; you just mustn’t make any stupid mistakes.

“Mentally it’s very tough, 30 to 40 percent of the field will get frustrated. It’s tough to score well. It’s about waiting for your chances on Sunday.”