Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2014 07:23 | By Agence France-Presse

Kaymer leads by four late in third round at Open

Germany's Martin Kaymer held a four-stroke lead with two holes to play in Saturday's third round of the US Open after a day of struggles at Pinehurst.


Kaymer leads by four late in third round at Open

Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the 114th US Open on June 14, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina - by Ross Kinnaird

The 29-year-old from Dusseldorf began the round with a six-stroke lead after a historic 36-hole start on 10-under 130, the lowest in US Open history.

But with tougher pin placements on Saturday, Kaymer made three bogeys in the first six holes against an eagle at the par-5 fifth.

After a bogey at six, Kaymer ended the roller-coaster ride and parred six holes in a row until a bogey at 13 and a five-foot par putt miss for bogey at 15 left him on seven-under.

After a par at 16, Kaymer was four strokes in front of Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, both in the clubhouse on three-under 207 after three-under 67s, the only sub-par rounds of the day.

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