On a broiling day with some wicked pin positions that yielded only two rounds under par, Kaymer rolled in a 10 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to salvage a 2 over 72 and take a five shot lead into the final Reebok Purple round. Open Saucony Boston
Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson each shot 70 and were at 2 under 208. Brandt Snedeker had a 72 and was another shot behind.
"They've set it up so that no one can go low," Retief Goosen said after a 71. "Some of the pins look Reebok Green Sneakers
looked like the toughest test in golf. Kaymer hit a 7 iron from the sandy area left of the fairway on the par 5 fifth hole to set up a 5 foot eagle putt, and his birdie on the final hole put him at 8 under 202.
like they're about to fall off the greens."
Erik Compton, a two time heart transplant recipient and perhaps the most remarkable story on the PGA Tour, rolled in a 40 foot putt on the 11th hole for one of his six birdies in a round of 67. He was tied at 3 under 207 with Rickie Fowler, a fan favorite of young American golf fans, who also had a 67.
"I didn't play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together," Kaymer said. Open finally Saucony Grid 8000 Dirty Snow
He threw enough counterpunches Saturday to leave him on the cusp of his second major.
Kaymer had his way with a softer, more gentle Pinehurst No. 2 by becoming the first player to open with 65s to set the 36 hole record at 10 under 130. Some players wondered what tournament he was playing.
history has lost a five shot lead in the final round, and that was 95 years go.
Fowler will play in the final group of a major for the first time. Open, they might be the only ones left with a realistic chance to catch the 29 year old German.
Not even Martin Kaymer was immune from a Pinehurst No. Open.
Asked how much that birdie mattered on the 18th hole, Kaymer said, "One shot."
stroke lead after Day 3 at Pinehurst
"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."
There was no doubt what it was on Saturday.
Only the names of challengers changed, but they were sure to stir up the crowd and the emotions.
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