Golf: US Open: Kaymer and Jäger with strong start

Golf: US Open: Kaymer and Jäger with strong start
Golf: US Open: Kaymer and Jäger with strong start

A successful start for Martin Kaymer and Stephan Jäger at the 124th US Open. However, the world number three is now taking the lead at the golf major in Pinehurst.

German golf professionals Martin Kaymer and Stephan Jäger got off to a good start in the 124th US Open. Both played a round of 70 in Pinehurst in the US state of North Carolina and are in joint 16th place after day one.

The lead in the third major tournament of the year is shared by world number three Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland and American Patrick Cantlay with 65 strokes each. Third is Swede Ludvig Aberg, who returned to the clubhouse after a round of 66.

Woods has to catch up

World number one Scottie Scheffler from the USA finished the first day on the difficult par-70 course with a round of 71 in joint 34th place. The 27-year-old has already won five tournaments on the PGA Tour this season – including the prestigious Masters in Augusta for the second time. The 48-year-old superstar Tiger Woods only played a round of 74 in the opening round and is in joint 86th place. The 15-time major winner from California will have to improve on the second day in order to qualify for the two decisive rounds at the weekend.

Kaymer played good golf on his return to the Pinehurst No.2 golf course. The 39-year-old professional from Mettmann was the only German golfer to win the US Open there in 2014, securing the second major title of his career. However, the US Open triumph was to be Kaymer’s last individual title to date. In 2022, the Rhinelander joined the controversial LIV tour financed by Saudi Arabia. Jäger also impressed on the first day of the US Open. The 35-year-old from Munich, who lives in the USA, maintained his outsider chance of winning the title with a round of 70.

Source: Stern

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