From left to right: Shane Lowry, of Ireland, Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler, of the United States

US Open 2014: De Jonge’s 70 cuts insulting pairings pick down to size

How does one put this without causing offence? Here goes. Brendon de Jonge shoved the brazen insults of the US Open pairings committee where the sun don’t shine with a second-round 70 that kept him in the bunch behind leader Martin Kaymer.

US Open 2014: A second 65 puts ‘awesome’ Kaymer in a class of his own

Take that, and that, and that - the soundtrack of the morning at Pinehurst as Martin Kaymer continued to take lumps out of the US Open field. A second successive 65, unprecedented in this tournament, maintained the slaughter of his opening round.

 

Martin Kaymer leads the US Open by five shots on day two

US Open 2014 leaderboard: Martin Kaymer stretches his lead to evoke memories of Rory McIlroy's runaway lead in 2011

Kaymer started on the back-nine and covered in in 31 to take a five-shot lead

Martin Kaymer recorded a five-under-par 65 to lead the US Open after day one

US Open 2014 leaderboard: Martin Kaymer left surprised with 'exceptional score' as Ryder Cup hero leads the way on day one

Kaymer carded an impressive five-under-par to lead by three shots in the same week that he admitted he would be happy with eight-over across the weekend

Graeme McDowell hits his tee shot on the 13th at Pinehurst yesterday

US Open 2014: Graeme McDowell makes most of nurdler's paradise

Ulsterman stirs memories of 2010 as compatriot McIlroy sees impressive hitting go unrewarded
Paul Mahoney prepares for his fight with Pinehurst by taking to the undulating practice greens

My battle to putt round Pinehurst

The infamous rough has gone but 18-handicapper Paul Mahoney finds demons in the greens when he plays the US Open course

Matt Fitzpatrick, US Amateur champion, will turn pro after this week’s US Open at Pinehurst

US Open 2014: Matt Fitzpatrick - ‘They thought that I was just some kid fetching practice balls for Tiger’

British teenager is ready to mix it with the big boys at this week’s US Open

American golfer Jason Millard has been disqualified from the US Open for admitting a penalty on himself

US Open 2014: Jason Millard disqualified from competing at Pinehurst for belatedly calling a penalty on himself, admitting 'I couldn't find peace about it'

Millard has admitted to grounding his club in a bunker while competing in Memphis on 2 June, admits it's 'heart-breaking but I didn't feel right'

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US Open 2014: Phil Mickelson looks back on track despite distractions

After his brush with the FBI, the American is focused on claiming the only major he has yet to win
Justin Rose paid tribute to his late father Ken after winning the US Open last year

Justin Rose: Brit has his eye on a major collection

US Open champion admits he struggled to refocus after his victory at Merion – proof of which came when he missed The Open cut last summer. Now, as he prepares for Pinehurst next week, he tells Kevin Garside he feels motivated again and ready to claim more honours
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Jack Nicklaus pose with the trophy after the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament 2014: Hideki Matsuyama takes dramatic play-off victory to register 'dream' win as Adam Scott and Bubba Watson fade on final day

Matsuyama had to finish without his driver after breaking it but came through a play-off with Kevin Na to take the spoils

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Jack Nicklaus' Memorial 2014: Rory McIlroy continues resurgence with three-shot lead after opening day to build on BMW PGA Championship success

McIlroy won his first tournament since ending his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and has continued his impressive form with a nine-under opening round of 63

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Tiger Woods: The world No 3 withdraws from the US Open to recover from back surgery

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Rory McIlroy is ready to replace Tiger Woods as top dog

One wonders if Tiger Woods switched on his television on Sunday to watch Rory McIlroy win at Wentworth and Adam Scott make a statement as world No 1 with victory in Texas. Might he have felt old?

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