Lowest Score, First Two Rounds of U.S. Open

What is the lowest cumulative score any golfer has achieved over the first two rounds of a U.S. Open? That score is 130, and two golfers share the record.

The first U.S. Open player to record 130 at the conclusion of Round 2 was Martin Kaymer in the 2014 U.S. Open. Kaymer opened with a first-round score of 65 on the No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort. And then he added a second score of 65 in Round 2.

In the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club, Rickie Fowler matched Kaymer's record. Fowler's first-round score tied the U.S. Open's 18-hole record of 62. In Round 2, Fowler scored 68 for a 130 total.

The List: Lowest Scores, First 36 Holes, U.S. Open

  • 130 — Martin Kaymer (65-65), Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2 course), Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, 2014
  • 130 — Rickie Fowler (62-68), The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course), 2023
  • 131 — Rory McIlroy (65-66), Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland, 2011
  • 131 — Wyndham Clark (64-67), The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course), 2023
  • 132 — Ricky Barnes (67-65), Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York, 2009
  • 132 — Rory McIlroy (65-67), The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course), 2023
  • 132 — Xander Schauffele (62-70), The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course), 202
The biggest difference between the two record-holders, Kaymer and Fowler? Kaymer went on to win in 2014 (with Fowler tied for second), but Fowler did not win in 2023 (tying for fifth place).

Of the seven scores listed above, four of them were recorded over the opening 36 holes of the 2023 U.S. Open, played at Los Angeles Country Club. Wyndham Clark was the winner, with McIlroy finishing second and Schauffele tying for 10th place.

McIlroy is on the list twice. His 131 in the 2011 U.S. Open was the record until Kaymer lowered it. McIlroy went on to win that year.

The seventh player listed, Ricky Barnes, tied for second in the 2009 U.S. Open.

Related articles:

espn.com. Golf, Scores, 2023 U.S. Open leaderboard, https://www.espn.com/golf/leaderboard/_/tournamentId/401465533
espn.com. Golf, Scores, 2009 U.S. Open leaderboard,https://www.espn.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=545
United States Golf Association. U.S. Open Championship Record Book 2024.

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