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June 13, 2014

Ex-Cowboy Fowler 10 strokes behind leader Kaymer

PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer is playing a brand of golf rarely seen in the U.S. Open. It might even be enough for soccer-mad Germany to pay attention.

The other 155 players at Pinehurst No. 2 certainly are.

Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Friday with another 5-under 65 — this one without a single bogey — to build a six-shot lead over Brendon Todd and leave the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.

“If he does it for two more days, then we’re all playing for second spot,” Adam Scott said.

Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler remains the top ex-Cowboy in the field by shooting another even-par 70 on Friday to put him in a tie for 14th — though now 10 strokes back of the leader.

The former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year had three birdies and three bogeys sprinkled throughout his round.

Kevin Tway, competing in his first major tournament, matched his 2-over 72 from Thursday and stands in a tie for 44th — making the cut by one stroke. Fellow former Cowboy Bo Van Pelt put up the same number again as Tway and is one of the golfers tied at 44th with 4-over through the first two rounds.

Tway had to overcome two double bogeys — one on each side of the turn — managing to pick up four birdies and two bogeys. Van Pelt caught fire on his back nine after putting up four bogeys before the turn. Starting on the back nine like Tway, Van Pelt birdied Nos. 5 and 9 to make the cut.

Casey Wittenberg and Hunter Mahan improved on Day 2, but it wasn't enough. Both ex-Cowboys shot 2-over 72 and missed the cut by one stroke. Wittenberg had a steady round, with a pair of bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8, while carding par on his 16 other holes. Mahan was up and down with five birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.

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