Kaymer breaks US Open record

Martin Kaymer continued his assault of Pinehurst No. 2 when he carded his second successive 65 at the US Open on Friday.

The German former world number one was three shots ahead after the first round and continued his US Open campaign at the North Carolina course in fine form.

Kaymer also became the first player in history to card two opening rounds of 65 or better at a major championship and is also the lowest score at the US Open at the halfway stage.

After starting his round at the back nine, he carded three birdies over his first nine holes, including a fine save on the 15th, where his approach found the bunker but he got up-and-down to make good par.

While several players struggled to go lower than two-under, Kaymer continued to play near-faultless golf in breezy conditions.

He bagged two more birdies at the third and fifth to reach 10-under, and closed off with three pars to head to the clubhouse on 10-under.

One of the players on two-under and in the clubhouse is Brendon de Jonge, who followed up his first round 70 with a 68 on Friday.

“As soon as I got here on Monday, I liked the set-up on this golf course. I drive the ball very well around here, which is perfect for getting into these greens,” De Jonge told Sky Sports.

“Obviously Martin [Kaymer] is way ahead and we’re all going to be playing catch-up this weekend. He’s definitely not playing the same golf course as everyone else is! I feel like we’re going to play a very difficult golf course this weekend.”

Whilst Kaymer is in seemingly unstoppable form, several high-profile players look like missing the cut, including two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson and former world number one Luke Donald.

Watson carded a second round 70, but lies at six-over after a disastrous opening round.

Donald also improved on his first round 77 with a 69 on Friday, but is far from guaranteed to get a crack at the course a third time.

Dustin Johnson carded his second 69 of the week to lie on two-under as well, while new world number one recovered to level par after responding to his first round 73 with a 67 on Friday.