By the numbers: Kaymer strong in several stats

Martin Kaymer during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Martin Kaymer during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. ( Associated Press )

Friday, June 13, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. – He's getting better. He's getting longer.

Who else? Martin Kaymer, who has posted two 65s but hit more greens in the second round and also recorded a longer average driving distance.

Kaymer has 11 birdies and 1 bogey in 36 holes. He is obviously in top form.

But there is additional bad news for his competitors: Kaymer hit 15 greens in regulation in the second round after hitting 11 in the first round. He averaged 306 yards off the tee Friday, up from 300.5 yards Thursday.

Kaymer has hit 26 of 36 greens in regulation (tied for 5th), along with 25 of 28 fairways (tied for 2nd).

The German has missed 10 greens, but no problem there. He got up-and-down 9 times, his lone bogey coming on the par-4 seventh hole of the opening round.

Putting? Kaymer is tied for fourth in total putts with 54 in 36 holes. Justin Leonard is best in the field with 52 putts.

An astounding collection of golfers, including Kaymer, has not three-putted in 36 greens. This No Three-Putt Club includes Brendon Todd and Matt Kuchar.

On the other hand, celebrated amateur Cameron Wilson three-putted nine times in 36 holes. Phil Mickelson, once known as a torrid putter, has three-putted five times.

Sand saves? Kaymer is 3 for 3, but other players are missing more greens and sampling more bunkers. Major champions Charl Schwartzel (6 for 6) and Retief Goosen (5 for 5) lead here.

The toughest hole on the course in the second round was the par-3 sixth, stretched to 245 yards. Only one birdie was made all day (Henrik Stenson). The final scoring average was 3.378.

There was a par-4 hole, the 315-yard third, that played to an average of 3.603 Friday. That's because the tee was moved up. The hole measured 391 yards Thursday, and the scoring average was 4.167.

The par-4 eighth, measuring 502 yards, has produced 17 double bogeys in two days. Overall it is the third-most-difficult hole over two rounds, behind the par-4 11th and par-3 sixth.

For the record, the longest driver in the field has been J.B. Holmes with a 317-yard average over two days. The shortest is Shiv Kapur with 248 yards, which is 69 yards behind Holmes.

The important greens-in-regulation is led by Cameron Wilson, the master of the nine 3-putts. He hit 30 or 36 greens. Henrik Stenson is right behind at 29.

In the birdie department, Kaymer's 11 leads all players. Brandt Snedeker has 10.

On the other end of the spectrum, 11 players recorded just one birdie in 36 holes (Brian Stuard, Hyung-Sung Kim, Kevin Sutherland, Brady Watt, Steven Alker, Rob Oppenheim, Jonas Blixt, Bobby Gates, Donald Constable, Andrew Dorn and Azuma Yano) and 3 players had none (Casey Wittenberg, D.A. Points and Kiyoshi Miyazato). readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.