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Here's Martin Kaymer's world ranking chart compared to one of his closest challengers, Fran Quinn

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

If you've never heard of Fran Quinn, the man who shot 68 on Thursday and sits T-2 after 18 holes, we don't blame you.

Quinn is one of those classic journeymen who tends to pop up early at U.S. Opens. He's 49 years old, and since turning pro in 1988, he boasts just eight professional wins around the world. Four of those came on the Web.Com Tour, two of them on the Asian tour, and the final two were New England-based state tournaments.

Heading into the 2014 U.S. Open, Quinn was ranked 1,557 in the world. Compare that to the man he's chasing, Martin Kaymer, who entered the tournament ranked 28:

What's interesting is how at points between 2002 and 2006, Kaymer and Quinn sat reasonably close to one another in the rankings. That started to change in 2007, when Kaymer earned his European Tour card and won twice a year later. Quinn improved slightly over the years -- the year Kaymer won the PGA Championship in 2010, Quinn reached climbed to a career-high 305 in the rankings -- but things started to drop off after that.

But all that doesn't matter this week. The odds may be against it, but Quinn nevertheless stands three round away from making history.