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Martin Kaymer shakes hands Friday with Keegan Bradley after the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.

Martin Kaymer turning US Open into a rout

PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer has posted the best 36-hole score in the history of the U.S. Open with his second straight 5-under 65.

Taking advantage of a course softened by an overnight rain, Kaymer took his score to a 10-under 130 at the midway point of a tournament that is turning into a rout.

He matched the 36-hole mark at any major championship, set by Nick Faldo in the 1992 British Open at Muirfield.

Kaymer walked off the course with a staggering eight-shot lead, with many of the top contenders still waiting to tee off.

The largest 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open is six shots, set by Tiger Woods in 2000 and matched by Rory McIlroy three years ago. Both went on to capture the championship by large margins.

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