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VIDEO: Miceli breaks down Day 1 at Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer took a three-shot lead after the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, with 15 players breaking par at the 'playable' course. Alex Miceli breaks it all down.

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U.S. Open, Round 1: By the numbers

We take a look at the numbers after Round 1 at the U.S. Open, including the five players that were perfect in fairways hit.

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U.S. Open: So, just who is Fran Quinn?

Fran Quinn isn't a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but the journeyman found the spotlight with a 2-under 68 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at Pinehurst.

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Kaymer (65) takes advantage of 'playable' Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer tried to downplay his 5-under 65 on Thursday, but the fact that there were only 15 players in red figures after Round 1 at the U.S. Open made his round even more impressive.

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Scott, Watson have a rough go of it at Pinehurst

The World No. 1 and the reigning Masters champion played together in the first round of the U.S. Open and combined to make a total of two birdies. Needless to say, it was a rough day for Adam Scott and Bubba Watson at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Amateur roundup: Fitzpatrick fires 71 despite penalty

Playing with Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, 19-year-old amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick held his own in firing a 1-over 71 that included four birdies and five bogeys. Here's a look at how all the amateurs fared on Thursday.

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Leader's bag: Martin Kaymer, U.S. Open

Here is a complete list of the clubs Martin Kaymer has at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Nathan Smith claims share of Sunnehanna lead

Local favorite Nathan Smith used his course knowledge to grab a share of the second-round lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur after a 3-under 67 on Thursday in Johnstown, Pa.

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U.S. Open Tracker: Kaymer leads after 1st round

World No. 1 Adam Scott. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson. Reigning Open Champion victor Phil Mickelson. Enigmatic Rory McIlroy. Can any of them solve Pinehurst? We'll keep you posted on U.S. Open highlights right here!

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Fowler pays tribute to late Stewart at U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler showed up to Pinehurst No. 2 for Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open wearing knickers in honor of the late Payne Stewart.

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Grant Hirschman grabs Southeastern lead

Grant Hirschman caught fire midway through his second round of the Southeastern Amateur to shoot 5-under 66 at Columbus (Ga.) Country Club and open a one-stroke lead.

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Putter leaves Mickelson with plenty of work to do

Phil Mickelson posted a solid, even-par 70 on Thursday at the U.S. Open, but even he knows that something is amiss with his flatstick, and he'll need to figure it out quickly.

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Achie's Awards: Players' honesty at Pinehurst

Major championship competition brings out the honesty in most participants. Their U.S. Open thoughts Thursday at Pinehurst, amid invariably difficult golf, tended to lack any false confidence.

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Kuchar ready to win first major at U.S. Open

On U.S. Open eve, Matt Kuchar told his family that he loves Pinehurst No. 2. On Thursday, Kuchar shot 1-under 69 to put himself in a great position to win his first major championship.

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Zach Johnson straightens long ball at Pinehurst

After struggling early with the driver Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2, Johnson got his tee shots and short game into sync after making the turn to shoot 1-over 71 in his U.S. Open first round.

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Young trio showcases mature game at Pinehurst

The young trio of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama showcased patience and game well beyond their years during the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Garrett Rank opens 2-shot lead at Monroe Invitational

Garrett Rank shook off a bogey on his first hole Thursday, going 5 under the rest of the way to post a second consecutive 66 for the midway lead in the 74th annual Monroe Invitational.

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Notes: Unknowns succeed; English adapts; more

On a day of pleasant surprises for fans of unheralded Europeans, Henrik Norlander, Lucas Bjerregaard and Marcel Siem each shot level-par 70 at Pinehurst in the first round of the U.S. Open, while NCAA champ Cameron Wilson struggled.

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Stenson talks 5th green after opening 69

If asked to identify the U.S. Open quote of the week so far, your correspondent would look no further than Henrik Stenson's quip about the fifth green at Pinehurst No. 2 after an opening 69.

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Report: Mickelson won't be charged in Clorox trades

The F.B.I. and the Securities and Exchange Commission have found no evidence that Phil Mickelson traded Clorox shares, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

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VIDEO: Jeff Rude's early impressions of U.S. Open

Senior writer Jeff Rude spent the morning walking Pinehurst No. 2, following the likes of Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Listen to his impressions of the tournament at mid-day Thursday.

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Firsts prove fun for Berger at U.S. Open

Meet Daniel Berger, a former FSU golfer participating in his first U.S. Open. Berger hit 14 greens in regulation and shot 72 at Pinehurst No. 2 in the championship's first round, although such statistics stand in the way of history.

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Snedeker talks putter switch at U.S. Open

Brandt Snedeker is reputed to be one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. But he switched gear for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in a year that's seen an ongoing dispute with the short stick.

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Couch-potato guide: Thursday at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein gives you 10 things to watch Thursday at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Tuten goes bogey-free for Southeastern lead

Shad Tuten played bogey-free golf Wednesday at Columbus (Ga.) Country Club to shoot 6-under 65 for the first-round lead in the 85th Southeastern Amateur.

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Thursday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst

Pinehurst is playing at 7,360 yards on Thursday, 202 yards under the scorecard. The biggest change is that tee on par-5 fifth hole has been moved up 48 yards, bringing the elusive green within reach of much of the field in two shots.

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SCORES: U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2

Follow the live leaderboard from the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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VIDEO: Pinehurst caddies provide insight on No. 2

Our Tracy Wilcox traveled to Pinehurst prior to the start of the U.S. Open and had the chance to sit down with a group of caddies to talk about Pinehurst No. 2 and their favorite parts of the re-done course.