Kaymer carrying two 3-irons at Pinehurst No. 2

Martin Kaymer is carrying two 3-irons this week at the U.S. Open, with one bent to more of a 2-iron.

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Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (No. 2)

6/12/2014 - 6/15/2014

Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Martin Kaymer $1,620,000 600 -9
2 Erik Compton $789,330 270 -1
2 Rickie Fowler $789,330 270 -1
4 Henrik Stenson $326,310 115 +1
4 Jason Day $326,310 115 +1
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Editor's note: Check out Martin Kaymer's complete bag here.

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons.

That another way of saying that, yes, Kaymer is playing Pinehurst No. 2 with two 3-irons.

They look identical - same TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (Muscle Cavity) heads, same True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue steel shafts.

However, one of the 3-irons has been turned into a 2-iron. Its stock loft of 20 degrees was bent to 17 degrees. He's using both mainly off the tee.

Technicians in the TaylorMade tour van received so many requests from players for long irons that the supply of MC 2-iron heads was quickly exhausted. They started bending 3-irons to 2-iron loft.

Kaymer, though, said he preferred the look of the altered 3-iron. The 3-blade, he noted, is slightly larger than the 2-iron.

Bending irons in this fashion is nothing new. Gary Player did it frequently during his career. Fred Couples once carried two Lynx 8-irons bent to different lofts. Jason Day occasionally has used a TaylorMade 2-iron bent to 1-iron loft.

The entire MC set has stock lofts that are not as strong as many other irons: 47-degree pitching wedge, 42-degree 9-iron, 38-degree 8-iron, 34-degree 7-iron, 30-degree 6-iron, 26-degree 5-iron, 23-degree 4-iron, 20-degree 3-iron, 17-degree 2-iron.

At the Players Championship, which he won in May, Kaymer carried a 17-degree TaylorMade SLDR Rescue hybrid. That club came out of his bag at the U.S. Open, making room for the 3-iron with 2-iron specs.

Kaymer is not known as a club switcher. He often has said he prefers to stay with the same clubs.

In line with that philosophy, Kaymer has used a Ping Karsten Anser 2 putter to win the 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 Players Championship, while also sinking the winning putt for Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

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