Ready or not

Reigning PGA Champion Martin Kaymer believes he's mentally prepared for whatever the weekend brings. Reigning Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, however, joked that he doesn't want to think about any bad weather.


Martin Kaymer called his first two rounds of 68 and 69 "fairly good."  (Getty Images)

SANDWICH, England (PA Sport) -- Germany's Martin Kaymer declared himself ready for battle this weekend after remaining firmly in contention for his second major title on Friday in the Open Championship.

Bad weather is forecast for the weekend at Royal St George's, but Kaymer feels like he’s equipped to cope with it after adding a 69 to his opening 68 for a halfway total of 3 under par.

"I think the first two rounds were fairly good and I'm happy with that,” said the reigning PGA Champion. "But if the weather comes in, if the rain comes in and the wind, then it's a battle. Then you need to fight, and then it becomes very difficult to keep that position.

"But I'm ready for it,” he added. “I had a week off last week, so I'm prepared for some mental strength out there. I think I should be fine."

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel also climbed into the reckoning with a 67 containing five birdies and two bogeys, but was surprised to be so high up on the leaderboard.

"A little bit," he admitted. "I got off to such a good start (3 under after five), I had a good score out there, but I guess that's this golf course. You're not going to just walk all over it."

Especially not if the weather forecast is accurate.

"I've seen it, and I don't want to think about it," Schwartzel joked.