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After Martin Kaymer's 65, expect U.S. Open course to toughen up

After Martin Kaymer's 65, expect U.S. Open course to toughen up

All those red numbers atop the scoreboard after Thursday's first round do not bode well for golfers in this year's U.S. Open.

Especially for poor Martin Kaymer, the German who won the 2010 PGA and who did the unthinkable here. He dismantled a U.S. Open course, shooting a five-under-par 65 for a three-shot lead.

The players know what's coming. They know that the red that signifies below par signals a different kind of red to the organizing United States Golf Assn.

A red flag.

The USGA now knows what the golfers can handle, what they can tolerate in course setup and speed and what will need to change. As for Kaymer, they probably have a playbook on his weaknesses and...

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