Kaymer surges ahead at Pinehurst
A month after winning golf's so-called 'fifth major', Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer charged into the lead of one of the real things in the US Open.
Kaymer carded six birdies and one bogey to record a superb five-under-par 65 at Pinehurst, claiming a three-shot lead over former champion Graeme McDowell, American Kevin Na and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge.
The 29-year-old German, who won the US PGA in August 2010 and became world number one for eight weeks the following February, became just the fourth European to win the Players Championship in 41 years last month.
And the man who ensured Europe would retain the Ryder Cup after the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012 reproduced the form he displayed at Sawgrass on Thursday, his 65 beating the previous lowest score in a US Open at Pinehurst of 66 by Peter Hedblom in 2005.