The unfriendly greens. Sand and clumps of native grass where the rough used to be.
Conditions at the 2014
The German golfer finished the second round on Friday with a 10-under 130, an Open record for the first 36 holes. Walking off the course, he had gone 29 holes without a bogey.
Kaymer held an eight-stroke lead with the afternoon groupings teeing off.
"So obviously he's making a lot of putts, and to make putts you have to be hitting good shots," said
There had been much discussion about the putting surfaces at Pinehurst No. 2 and about revisions that returned the course to a more natural setting. After Thursday's first round, Kaymer expressed satisfaction with the course.
"I thought it was very playable," he said.
Overnight rains further softened the greens.