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Continued: Souhan: Kaymer tames Pinehurst No. 2

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 13, 2014 - 7:26 AM

No one has ever won the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same season. Kaymer could accomplish that with a wonderful twist.

He won the Players on Mother’s Day, while honoring his mother, who died of cancer in 2008. A sunflower on his golf bag is his reminder of her, and the morning of the final round of the Players, his brother Phillip sent him a text message that he described as “very emotional.”

Thursday, Kaymer positioned himself to win on Father’s Day, as well.

“I try to win as many majors in my career as possible,” he said. “I won one so far, I put myself so far in a good position, but we have three rounds to go.”

Four players are at 2 under, including former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Ten players are at 1 under, including Johnson.

After his round, McDowell said, “I think the winner of this tournament will have 10 to 12 birdies maximum.”

That was before he found out that Kaymer made six on Thursday.

Kaymer said he hit a few shots “so pure” that they ran over the back of the green. “I’m actually happy about those shots,” he said. “I see things very positive right now.”

It’s easy to be positive when you see sand on a golf course as decoration, rather than impediment.

But then sand has been good to Kaymer.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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