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Martin Kaymer not feeling the pressure at Pinehurst

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Kaymer is now at 10 under par for the competition. (©GettyImages)
Kaymer is now at 10 under par for the competition. (©GettyImages).

Martin Kaymer’s brilliance over the first two days at the US Open has threatened to make the climax of the competition a little, well, boring.

Whilst nothing can ever be taken for granted in golf, Kaymer now has a six shot lead over his nearest challenger, Brendon Todd, and if he continues to play anywhere near to the standard he has over the opening two days then the title will undoubtedly be his come Sunday.

Even Adam Scott has admitted that if Kaymer continues to play like this then everybody else is playing for second spot and it is hard to disagree with the current world number one.

The German has been in supreme form. He has already got to ten-under for the tournament around a Pinehurst course that has proved a tough test for the entirety of the rest of the field.

It bodes well for Kaymer, who looks in a fairly unassailable position as long as things do not go drastically wrong over the next two rounds.

But, even if the rest of the field are hoping that nerves will get to him, the 29-year-old has already shown he can deal with the pressure this season.

At The Players Championship in May, he had a lead going into the final day and appeared unflustered as he went on to win the PGA Tour’s flagship event.

He also already has a major to his name, after winning the PGA Championship in 2011, meaning he is will not have to deal with the worries that come with picking up a maiden victory in such an event.

This, all added to the fact that he has now gone 29 holes without dropping a shot, make it fairly ominous for the chasing pack and the neutrals who were hoping for a tense final day, especially as Kaymer has said he feels comfortable being so far out in-front.

"I look at the scoreboards. It's enjoyable," he said. "To see what's going on, to watch yourself, how you react if you're leading by five, by six. ... I don't know, but it's quite nice to play golf that way."

And even Kaymer could admit that the rest of the field might be a little bewildered by how low he has scored so far.

"I played Congressional [where McIlroy won by eight shots in 2011] and I thought, `How can you shoot that low',” he said.

“That’s probably what a lot of other people think about me right now. The way I am playing golf right now, it’s just really satisfying. It’s very solid, not many mistakes. Not that many wild tee shots or anything.”

The reality is that Kaymer’s golf has been better than ‘solid’ so far during the tournament – it has been nothing short of spectacular.

Friday's birdies came at the third, fifth, 10th, 13th and 16th as he fired his way to a score of 65.

He will not have to shoot that low again to win the competition, either. Kaymer went into the tournament saying that eight-under would be enough to come out on top at the end of the week, but he may well prove himself wrong and go far better.

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