Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C) — Martin Kaymer, who shot back-to-back 65′s Thursday and Friday, shot a 2-over 72 Saturday and now holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the U.S. Open.
After having only one bogey through the first two days, Kaymer had five on Saturday to fall back to 8-under for the tournament. Still, his performance was good enough to hold a sizeable lead, especially on a day where only two golfers shot rounds under par.
“I didn’t play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together,” Kaymer said.
The two golfers that did shoot under par are the two that find themselves in second place, five strokes back of Kaymer. Erik Compton had five birdies and an eagle en route to a 3-under 67 while Rickie Fowler had five birdies to also shoot a 3-under 67.
Kaymer has history on his side when it comes to winning. It has been 95 years since a player with a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round at a U.S. Open lost. Still, Kaymer isn’t counting his chickens before they hatch.
“If you’re four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly,” he said. “You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So we’ll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation.”
Kaymer and Fowler will make up the final pairing Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. They are scheduled to tee off at 3:35 p.m Eastern.
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