Kaymer on the offensive

Martin KaymerUS Open dominator Martin Kaymer (1/3 – tournament outright) says he will attack the final round of the tournament, despite holding a five-shot lead.

Kaymer carded a 72 in the penultimate round on Saturday and remains in charge at Pinehurst, despite a less comfortable round from the German.

After a record-breaking start to the tournament Kaymer posted five bogeys in the penultimate round but still only saw his overnight lead reduced by a stroke.

The 2010 USPGA champion is on eight under for the tournament, five clear of nearest challengers Rickie Fowler (10/1 tournament outright, 3/1 without Kaymer) and Erik Compton (22/1 tournament outright, 13/2 without Kaymer).

Kaymer knows what it takes to win the major and he says he will attack the final round on Sunday as he cannot afford to be defensive.

“You could see it today. I made three bogeys in the first six holes,” Kaymer said. “I didn’t hit many fairways today.

“So the challenge will be tomorrow to keep going and not try to defend anything, because if you try to defend then you’re not free enough. You don’t swing as free.

“So we’ll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation.”

Fowler and Compton both posted rounds of 67 on Saturday and were the only players to finish under par.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (10/1 tournament outright, 3/1 without Kaymer) is two shots further back on one-under, but is joint-favourite with Fowler to catch Kaymer.

Defending champion Justin Rose is the best-placed British player on one over.

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