June 13, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Martin Kaymer reached double digits under par after 32 holes at Pinehurst. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Martin Kaymer joined an exclusive club Friday at Pinehurst.
The former world No. 1 became just the sixth player to reach double digits under par at any point in a U.S. Open. Kaymer reached 10 under when he birdied the par-5 fifth (his 14th hole).
The last player to reach double digits under was Rory McIlroy in 2011. He did it in 22 holes before going on to finish the week with a record 16-under 268 total.
Of the five previous players to reach double digits under, all but two went on to win. Gil Morgan got to 12 under at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach but then collapsed, playing his final 29 holes in 17 under to finish 13th, Ricky Barnes was 11 under in the third round in 2009 at Bethpage Black before finishing second at 2 under.
Here's a closer look:
|Player||Strokes under par||Year||Course||Round|
|Gil Morgan||12||1992||Pebble Beach||Third|
|Tiger Woods||12||2000||Pebble Beach||Fourth|
|Jim Furyk||11||2003||Olympia Fields||Fourth|
|Ricky Barnes||11||2009||Bethpage Black||Third|
|Martin Kaymer||10||2014||Pinehurst No. 2||Second|