Cloverdale native Chad Collins finishes his US Open bid at +8
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Chad Collins finished day two of the U.S. Open at eights shots over par.
The Cloverdale native fired a 74 on the par-70 Pinehurst No. 2 Thursday, and shot a 74 on Friday giving him a total score of 148 which placed him tied for 105th place.
Collins had a round going that could have put him in the thick of contention until a triple-bogey seven on the par-four eighth (his 17th hole of the first day) landed him at +5.
However, Collins did rally for a birdie on the par-3 ninth to finish his day at +4. His second day saw him score three birdie shots on holes five, eight and 18, but Collins shot back-to-back bogeys on three separate occations. The projected cut was around +5.
Collins qualified for the 2014 tournament with a three-stroke win at the sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.
Back on the PGA Tour full-time in 2014, Collins has made the cut in eight of 20 events he has entered. He has one top 10 finish and an additional top 25.
Martin Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Friday with another 5-under 65 -- this one without a single bogey -- to build a six-shot lead over Brendon Todd and leave the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.
Kaymer was at 10-under 130, breaking by one shot the record set by Rory McIlroy at rain-softened Congressional in 2011. He had an eight-shot lead when he finished his morning round. Todd made some tough par saves to keep bogeys off his card for a 67.
The six-shot lead after 36 holes tied the U.S. Open record first set by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 and matched by McIlroy at Congressional. Woods wound up winning by 15 shots. McIlroy won by eight.
Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Open continues through Sunday on ESPN and NBC. Fans can also see Collins' golfing statistic in their entirety online at usopen.com.