Round 2 grades from Pinehurst No. 2

The kid got it to 3-under for the championship. Then, he bogeyed two of his last three holes on Friday for an even-par 70 and a 1-under total. He still has a chance to get into Sunday's final group, the same situation in which he grew into a man in April at the Masters.

Phil Mickelson    World ranking: No. 11 | Scores: 70-73

This was Phil's time. It's not his last chance to win a U.S. Open, but at 44 years old in a few days, he doesn't have many realistic opportunities left to complete the career Grand Slam. After starting his second round with a birdie on two of his first three holes, Lefty had five bogeys to end the day with an ugly 3-over 73 that probably ends any realistic hope for him to win this year's championship.


Dustin Johnson    World ranking: No. 15 | Scores: 70-69

Johnson had his second straight 69 on Friday to finish at 2-under and 8 shots behind Kaymer. With another solid round on Saturday, Johnson should be able to stay in shouting distance of Kaymer, who could stumble in his third round.


Martin Kaymer    World ranking: No. 28 | Scores: 65-65

With two 65s, the 29-year-old German has played near-masterful golf through two rounds. On Friday, Kaymer hit 12 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and was 3-for-3 in sand saves. It was one of the easiest looking 65s at a U.S. Open that I have ever seen.


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