Toss that card

Charl Schwartzel: The former Masters champ was five shots out of the lead to begin Friday, but that quickly ballooned. Schwartzel made the turn in 6 over par, then took a double bogey on his 10th hole. He rebounded for three birdies down the stretch but the damage was done, and he’s headed home for the weekend, missing the cut by a stroke.

Keep that card

Brendon Todd: He carded a bogey-free 3-under 67 to get within six shots of the lead. The U.S. Open rookie will be in the final group Saturday with Kaymer.

On the course with ...

Hunter Mahan: He was hit with a two-stroke penalty when he and Jamie Donaldson mistakenly played each other’s ball in the 18th fairway following their tee shots. Mahan finished with a 2-over 72 to fall to 6 over for the tournament — one shot off the cut. “You can’t imagine yourself doing something colossally stupid as that, but I did,” said John Wood, Mahan’s caddie.

U.S. Open moment

When can par be thrilling? Anyone watching Ken Duke on the par-3 ninth will tell you. Duke’s iron shot off the tee landed up against a patch of wispy native-area grass alongside a bunker. Miffed at his options, Duke purposely and hastily played the next shot — with his putter — into the trap. He then holed out from the sand for his par. Just like he drew it up.

Chip shots

• Phil Mickelson returned to a more conventional putting grip Friday after his switch to the “claw” didn’t work out so well Thursday. But it didn’t matter. Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 in Round 2 and is 13 strokes back.

• Only Kaymer and Dustin Johnson birdied both of the par-5s at Pinehurst No. 2 in Rounds 1 and 2.

• After winning the PGA Championship last summer, Jason Dufner has now missed the cut in the first two majors of 2014.

Key hole

219-yard, par-3 sixth: Only one birdie was made on the hole all day.

Quote of the day

“Don’t play like you’re leading.”

Adam Scott, when asked what advice he’d give Kaymer.

Tweet of the day

“I had the flank steak for lunch; Martin Kaymer had the field for his.”

Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd), covering his 222nd major this week.

Day 3

Can anyone catch Kaymer? “The Germanator” looks unstoppable, but that’s why we watch. Ch. 11 (11 .a.m.) will have the coverage.

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