2014 U.S. Open Championship – Second Round Notes


Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC June 14, 2014 – Round 2

When marking his ball on the 18th green during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open, Hunter Mahan realized he had mistakenly played his fellow competitor's ball from the fairway, resulting in a costly two-stroke penalty. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

When marking his ball on the 18th green during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open, Hunter Mahan realized he had mistakenly played his fellow competitor’s ball from the fairway, resulting in a costly two-stroke penalty. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

Martin Kaymer Notes

  • Kaymer’s 36-hole total of 130 is the lowest score for the first 36 holes in a U.S. Open. The previous record was held by Rory McIlroy, who shot 131 in 2011 at Congressional.
  • His six-stroke lead tied the largest 36-hole lead in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach) and Rory McIlroy (2011, Congressional) also had six-stroke leads.
  • He became the sixth player in U.S. Open history to reach double digits under par. He joins Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000), Jim Furyk (2003), Ricky Barnes (2009) and Rory McIlroy (2011).
  • Kaymer joins Rory McIlroy (2011) as the only players to be double digits under par through 36 holes at a U.S. Open.
  • He reached double digits under par in 32 holes – the second-fastest in U.S. Open history. Rory McIlroy reached double digits under par in 26 holes in 2011 at Congressional.
  • Kaymer is the first player to open a major championship with consecutive rounds of 65 or better.
  • He ranks in the top five in all three major statistical categories: Fairways Hit (T-2, 25/28), Greens in Regulation (T-5, 26/36), and Total Putts (T-4, 54).
  • Kaymer has held a 36-hole lead on seven occasions. He has gone on to win four times, including the 2014 Players Championship.

Cut Notes

  • The 36-hole cut of 145 is tied for the fourth-lowest cut in U.S. Open history. The lowest cut of 143 occurred at Olympia Fields in 2003. The U.S. Opens that cut at 144 were at Baltusrol in 1993 and Bethpage in 1999.
  • Masters champion Bubba Watson missed the cut with a 6-over 146. Watson is the only reigning Masters champion to miss the cut at the U.S. Open since 1995. Watson also missed the cut at The Olympic Club after winning the Masters in 2012.

Pinehurst Open Comparisons Notes

  • Players under par through 36 holes – 1999: 7; 2005: 5; 2014: 13
  • Cut – 1999: 147 (+7); 2005: 148 (+8); 2014: 145 (+5)
  • Fairways Hit – 1999: 66%; 2005: 52%; 2014: 71%
  • Greens in Regulation – 1999: 47%; 2005: 50%; 2014: 57%
  • Birdies and Eagles through 36 holes – 1999: 555; 2005: 569; 2014: 670
  • Scoring Average through 36 holes – 1999: 74.14; 2005: 74.21; 2014: 73.06

Player Notes

  • Brendon Todd (69-67) is the first player to shoot consecutive rounds under par in his first U.S. Open appearance since 2004. Frederik Jacobson (69-67) and Jonathan Byrd (69-66) also accomplished the feat at Shinnecock Hills.
  • Hunter Stewart and Keegan Bradley’s six birdies in the second round are tied for a U.S. Open record at Pinehurst. Martin Kaymer (2014, first round), Brandt Snedeker (2014, first round), Brandt Jobe (2005, first round), Michael Campbell (2005, second round) and Tiger Woods (2005, fourth round) also accomplished the feat.
  • Kevin Na (T-3, 3-under 137) only became exempt into the field on June 9 when he moved into the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Of the 10 past U.S. Open champions in the field, seven made the cut: Rory McIlroy -1 (2011), Justin Rose +1 (2013), Graeme McDowell +2 (2010), Jim Furyk +3 (2003), Webb Simpson +4 (2012), Ernie Els +4 (1994, ’97) and Retief Goosen +4 (2001, ’04).
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick is the first reigning U.S. Amateur champion to make the cut at the U.S. Open since Ryan Moore in 2005, at Pinehurst. He is the only amateur to make the cut in 2014.
  • The leader in greens in regulation through 36 holes, Cameron Wilson, (30/36) missed the cut (8-over, 148).
  • David Toms has missed just one fairway over the first two rounds (27/28).
  • The oldest player in the field made the cut: Kenny Perry, 53 (3-over 143).
  • Three players had bogey-free rounds on Friday: Martin Kaymer, Brendon Todd and Jason Day.

Course Notes

  • The teeing ground at the par-4 third hole was moved up to 315 yards in the second round. It played as the easiest hole with a stroke average of 3.60.
Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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