- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - This looks like a typical U.S. Open.

Except for Martin Kaymer.

He appears to be playing an entirely different course.

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 anyone had a chance to catch the 29-year-old German at Pinehurst No. 2.

“If you take Martin out of it,” said defending champion Justin Rose, “it’s a great golf tournament.”

Kaymer was at 10-under 130, breaking by one shot the record set by Rory McIlroy at rain-softened Congressional in 2011.

“I heard he played the No. 3 course. Is that true?” Kevin Na said after a 69 put him seven shots behind. “It’s unbelievable what he’s done. Is 4 or 5 under out there? Yes. Ten under out there? No, I don’t think so. I guess it was out there for him. I watched some of the shots he hit and some of the putts he’s made and he looks flawless.”

The six-shot lead after 36 holes tied the U.S. Open record first set by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 and matched by McIlroy at Congressional. Woods wound up winning by 15 shots. McIlroy won by eight.

“I played Congressional and I thought, ‘How can you shoot that low?’ And that’s probably what a lot of other people think about me right now,” Kaymer said.

Todd, who won the Byron Nelson Championship last month for his first PGA Tour win, made some tough par saves to keep bogeys off his card for a 67. He will play in the final group Saturday in his first U.S. Open.

Brandt Snedeker had a 68 and joined Na at 3-under 137.

Phil Mickelson was 13 shots behind after going back to his conventional putting grip and giving up too many shots. He had a 73.

Essentially, this tournament comes down to Kaymer.

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

Beyond Kaymer’s dominance, here’s five things to look for in the third round:

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