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At Pinehurst, where some thought the winner might post a score over par, Martin Kaymer starts Saturday's third round at the U.S. Open 10 under par. He gave a couple shots back, but so did his closest pursuers as he finishes 54 holes in 8 under.

He'll start Sunday five shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, six ahead of Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.

Recap Saturday's highlights from the U.S. Open right here – and scroll down to see our previous coverage from Pinehurst No. 2!

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Update #41: 7:40 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer hits another fine drive, as he did at the 16th, and parks his approach shot about 5 feet past the pin for one last birdie look. He sinks that one and finishes a 72, heading into Sunday at 8 under and leading by five.

Brandt Snedeker finishes with six straight pars for a 72 and will start Sunday's final round under par in sixth.

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Update #40: 7:29 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker recovers from an errant drive on the 18th to find the edge of the green; birdie seems unlikely but a two-putt would let him stick at sixth and 1 under going into Sunday.

Nicholas Lindheim was the first player off the tee Saturday morning, making the cut on the number to play the weekend in his first major appearance. His 9:22 a.m. tee time took on special importance when he chose to play by himself, leaving the open spot to his late mentor, 20-year PGA Tour pro Mike Smith, who died of lung cancer last month. Read all about Lindheim's on-course remembrance and the hard-knock life he has led at the age of 29.

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Update No. 39: 7:23 p.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer is somewhat in control of his destiny down the stretch here; with his four closest pursuers in the clubhouse, he can add to his lead. But his approach at the 17th, as at the 16th, rolls off the edge of the green and he's left to two-putt for par after taking relief from a sprinkler head in his line. He'll head to the last leading by four and looking to add another shot to his margin.

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Update No. 38: 7:15 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer, despite being 3 over for his third round, isn't losing much ground – because his closest competitors to start the day have backed up as well. He still leads by four over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, who had started the day 10 back at even par before shooting 67. Kaymer makes a fantastic drive at the par-4, 531-yard 16th hole, yet his solid second shot trickles off the left side. But another great effort gets him to about a foot for a tap-in par. You've got to think Kaymer wants to add a birdie or two down the stretch to get back to a 5- or 6-shot margin heading into Sunday.

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Update No. 37: 6:58 p.m. EDT

Another bogey for Martin Kaymer drops him to 7 under – 3 over for his round with three to play – and four shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson bogey to drop to 2 under, the latter wrapping up an even-par 70.

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Update No. 36: 6:39 p.m. EDT

Kevin Na needs three chips to get on the 14th green, then taps in for double bogey to slip to sixth at 2 under. Martin Kaymer leads by five over Erik Compton, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.

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Update No. 35: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer needs about a 10-footer for par at the 13th, and it glides past on the high side. The bogey is his third of the day and will drop him to 8 under, four ahead of Kevin Na, though he's in trouble around the 14th green.

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Update No. 34: 6:28 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton lines up a birdie putt at the 18th to head to the clubhouse tied for second, but he misses just low and taps in for par and a 67 – matching Rickie Fowler for the round of the day as he heads in T-3 at 3 under. They're six back of leader Martin Kaymer, with Kevin Na in second at 4 under. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are tied for third as well, with four and three holes to play respectively.

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Update No. 33: 6:07 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler finishes birdie-par for a 67, six back of leader Martin Kaymer. Fowler will head in T-3 at 3 under alongside Erik Compton and Henrik Stenson. Kaymer has made five straight pars but drives it wildly again at the 12th.

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Update No. 32: 6:04 p.m. EDT

Let's sum up the nine players from the top 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings who are playing in this U.S. Open (with Tiger Woods missing because of his back injury):

  • 1. Adam Scott: T-16, 2 over (2 over through 15 holes today)
  • 2. Bubba Watson: MIssed cut (76-70)
  • 3. Steve Stricker: T-19, 3 over (2 over through 17)
  • 4. Jason Day: T-19, 3 over (2-over 72 today)
  • 5. Sergio Garcia: T-35, 6 over (2-over 72)
  • 6. Matt Kuchar: T-7, 2 under (1 under through 13)
  • 8. Henrik Stenson: T-3, 3 under (1 under through 13)
  • 9. Jim Furyk: T-35, 6 over (3-over 73)
  • 10. Justin Rose: T-11, 1 over (even-par 70)

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Update No. 31: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge moves back to 4 under, birdieing No. 10 to tie Kevin Na in second place. They're five shots back of leader Martin Kaymer.

Brandt Snedeker misses the green long at the par-3 ninth hole and slips to 1 over for the day, T-6 at 2 under.

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Update No. 30: 5:12 p.m. EDT

Here's an oddity, perhaps a moment to remember: Leading by five, Martin Kaymer is the only player in the top eight who's over par for the round – and one of just two who aren't under par. Are the wagons circling?

  • 2. Kevin Na, 4 under: 1 under through eight holes today
  • T-3. Erik Compton, 3 under: 3 under through 12 holes today
  • T-3. Brendon de Jonge, 3 under: 1 under through nine holes today
  • T-3. Brandt Snedeker, 3 under: Even par through eight holes today
  • T-3. Henrik Stenson, 3 under: 1 under through 10 holes today
  • T-7. Rickie Fowler, 2 under: 2 under through 14 holes today
  • T-7. Matt Kuchar, 2 under: 1 under through 10 holes today

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Update No. 29: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Kevin Na's second birdie in four holes comes at No. 8 and boosts him to T-2 at 4 under, on the same mark as Erik Compton four shots back of leader Martin Kaymer – who at No. 7 cards his first par in four holes.

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Update No. 28: 5:03 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler gets to 2 under with a birdie putt at the 13th, seven back of leader Martin Kaymer. Is it too early to say he's running out of time to make a move? Probably so. But …

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Update No. 27: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton birdies at No. 11 and has the round of the day going at 4 under with seven to play – and is leader Martin Kaymer's closest pursuer at five shots back. He tightened his focus this week on preparation, he told our Beth Ann Nichols, and reduced off-course efforts in hopes that a solid U.S. Open showing will spread the message about transplants.

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Update No. 26: 4:50 p.m. EDT

Leading by seven shots, Martin Kaymer gives himself a long birdie try at the par-3 sixth – and promptly putts the ball off the green. He keeps the putter in hand for the uphill, 17-foot comebacker and rolls it to within a foot for a tap-in bogey. Back to 9 under and a six-shot lead.

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Update No. 25: 4:41 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer gets his groove back, knocking his second shot stiff at the par-5 fifth and making a 5-footer for eagle to return his round to even par. At 10 under again, he's seven shots ahead of Erik Compton, Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker.

Brendon Todd ends a string of three straight bogeys with a birdie at the fifth to get back to 2 under.

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Update No. 24: 4:33 p.m. EDT

Bogeys at Nos. 14 and 16, after an even-par front nine, give Phil Mickelson a 72. He heads in T-30 at 5 over and says of Sunday, " If I play well – if I hit it better and make some putts, I think I can shoot 4- or 5-under par, end around even, finish second again." Which draws some hard-earned laughter.

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Update No. 23: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer is about to card his second above-par score of the day, as he salvages bogey with a 12-footer or so after an errant drive forced a drop. His mistakes are proving costlier so far today. He's 8 under, two over par for the day and five ahead of Brendon de Jonge – who is among three players in the top eight under par for the day.

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Update No. 22: 4:22 p.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge bogeys as a downhill par putt somehow stops short, dropping six back of the lead again, but Martin Kaymer is in trouble at the fourth.

Rickie Fowler makes a long birdie putt at the 10th to move to T-3 at 2 under.

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Update No. 21: 4:06 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer gives himself a birdie look at the third, but just misses right. He remains 9 under, his lead now five shots – Brendon de Jonge birdies No. 5 to close the gap and take second outright.

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Update No. 20: 3:58 p.m. EDT

After 30 straight pars and birdies, Martin Kaymer's first bogey since Thursday's front nine comes at the second hole and he drops to 9 under. He still leads by six as Brendon Todd falls to T-2 and bogeys as well – after putting off the green. That's something Ryan Moore said would happen today as Pinehurst dries out, after his round of 71.

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Update No. 20: 3:39 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer splits the first fairway with an iron, then hits his approach to the left-side collar. His birdie putt from there lips out, and he taps the comebacker in for par to remain 10 under. Brendon Todd makes par, and Kaymer's lead remains six shots.

At the long par-4 fourth hole, Matt Kuchar hits his approach into the front-right bunker – and holes out from there for birdie to rise to T-8 at 1 under.

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Update No. 19: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Kenny Perry played his first 10 holes in 7 over and was on his way to a big number – until the par-4 14th, where he holed his second shot for eagle! A birdie at the 16th got him back to 4 over for the day, T-46 at 7 over.

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Update No. 18: 3:24 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton eagles No. 5 to get his round to 1 under.

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Update No. 17: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Nineteen players have completed their round, all over par. Then again, only two in Ryan Moore and Kevin Stadler had broken par Thursday or Friday.

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Update No. 16: 3:04 p.m. EDT

Another birdie for Rickie Fowler at No. 5, as he moves to T-6 at 2 under. Henrik Stenson, meanwhile, birdies the first to climb to T-3 at 3 under. So other players near the top of the leaderboard are finding birdies early, making the question whether Martin Kaymer will do the same or start to lose some ground.

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Update No. 15: 2:23 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler's first birdie of the day comes at No. 3 and lifts him to T-10 at 1 under, nine back of leader Martin Kaymer as we're about an hour from the day's final tee time.

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Update No. 14: 2:14 p.m. EDT

A shift in the wind has complicated a twist that the USGA posed in its setup of a couple of holes on the front nine at Pinehurst No. 2. Meanwhile, Nicholas Lindberg was the first man off the course and says there aren't a lot of birdie opportunities after the turn. Players will need to be careful about picking their opportunities today, from the sound of things. Read more here.

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Update No. 13: 2:01 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson keeps plugging along, even through eight holes after quickly erasing a bogey at the sixth with a birdie at the seventh. Mickelson's trend of late has been playing mostly to par, with too few birdies to outweigh his mistakes, and that's what's held up this week as he nears the turn in the third round.

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Update No. 12: 1:35 p.m. EDT

After a bogey at the second hole, Patrick Reed eagles the fifth (as did Billy Horschel earlier) to get his day under par and move to T-26 at 2 over. Reed has won twice on Tour this year. He and Shiv Kapur are the only players on the course under par today.

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Update No. 11: 1:24 p.m. EDT

Lee Westwood missed the cut this week – but he's got some insight into what might be on the horizon for the weekend at Pinehurst, posting via his Twitter account @WestwoodLee: "If they make the course tough over the weekend Martin can't lose. … If anybody's going to catch Marty over the weekend it'll be Henrik (Tony) Stenson. High ball flight and a bomber."

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Update No. 10: 1:12 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Justin Rose tees off in a few moments; he's T-20 at 1 over. He and Phil Mickelson (T-31 at 3 over; even through five holes today) are the only two reigning major champions to make the cut, with Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson heading home early.

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Update No. 9: 12:57 p.m. EDT

The low man on the course right now? It's Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, T-20 at 1 over after birdieing the first hole. The 22-year-old has made the cut in his first U.S. Open appearance, qualifying via a playoff at the sectional in England.

Shiv Kapur, who also qualified in England and is the shortest hitter in the field this week, birdies three straight to get under par for his round and rise to T-28 at 2 over.

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Update No. 8: 12:48 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia gets under par for the day with birdies at Nos. 9-10, getting him to T-33 at 3 over. Garcia's best U.S. Open finish is third in 2005, at Pinehurst.

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Update No. 7: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Another hole, another par for Phil Mickelson – as none of the players to complete a hole thus far are under par, while Mickelson is among seven who are even for the day.

Another note on setup from the USGA: "Today’s green speeds are averaging 12.5 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter."

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Saturday hole locations for the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst's No. 2 course.

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Update No. 6: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson hits the course and starts his day with a par, remaining 3 over at T-33. Our Jeff Babineau says Lefty has to wait until next year at Chambers Bay to pursue the career Grand Slam in the wake of a second round that saw Mickelson play his last 13 holes in 5 over.

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Update No. 5: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Our senior writer David Dusek has a little more to offer on the Pinehurst No. 2 setup and playability for today via his Twitter account, @Golfweek_Dusek: "Pinehurst is playing 7,562 today, longest been all week. … Longer clubs into firmer and faster greens, with a good breeze today."

The numbers bear out the increased test. As Ernie Els and Billy Horschel par the first hole, just one of 27 players are under par. Then again, that's not skewed too badly from the fact that those 27 players have managed just five rounds under par total during the first two days. Leader Martin Kaymer will provide a better indicator later in the day, you've got to think.

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Update No. 4: 11:52 a.m. EDT

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, whose roots are in U.S. Open course setups, has a couple of interesting things to say in a USGA video posted today: "Golf course is going to dry out today, and probably get us to the point where we were on Thursday, which is receptive greens, but we're thinking by tomorrow we're going to get some nice, firm conditions."

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Update No. 3: 11:27 a.m. EDT

Matt Fitzpatrick, who has low amateur honors wrapped up as the only one to make the cut, has been tripped up by a rough stretch on Pinehurst No. 2's front nine every day this week. Thursday it was three bogeys on Nos. 5-8; Friday it was three bogeys on Nos. 4-7. Today it's struck right out of the gate with a bogey at No. 1 followed immediately by back-to-back double bogeys. He steadies himself somewhat with a par at No. 4, then starts hacking away at the deficit with a birdie at No. 5. But the Englishman – who's set to turn pro after this week – still faces a hole to dig out of to start the weekend as he slides to 64th at 8 over.

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Update No. 2: 11:19 a.m. EDT

Clayton Rask joins Nicholas LIndheim at 1 under for his round, birdieing No. 5 to move to T-33 at 3 over. Lindheim, by the way, is T-45 at 4 over.

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Update No. 1: 11:14 a.m. EDT

Only Nicholas Lindheim is under par today so far, 1 under through 10 holes thanks to a birdie-bogey-birdie stretch on Nos. 3-5. Bo Van Pelt and Boo Weekley are even through one hole and three holes respectively.

The other 16 players to have completed a hole are over par – ranging from nine players at 1 over to Matt Fitzpatrick and Kevin Stadler at 5 over.

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Weather forecast

There's just a 20 percent chance of rain, according to weather.com, with partly cloudy skies and winds around 9 mph expected. Should be a good day at Pinehurst.

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Friday's coverage

Rude: Is the U.S. Open over? Not by a long shot

Martin Kaymer is in complete control of the U.S. Open, but they don't crown champions after 36 holes. Pinehurst No. 2, as well as the players chasing, might have something to say about Kaymer taking the champion's hardware back home to Germany.

Kaymer in a world of his own after another 65

Martin Kaymer thought that 8 over would be a good score come Sunday. Being at a record-breaking 10 under after 36 holes has even surprised the German himself.

Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year …

Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now …

McIlroy (68) might need to change his game plan

Rory McIlroy was pleased with his 2-under 68, but sitting nine shots back of Martin Kaymer, his conservative game plan for the week might need to be thrown out the window.

Even at eight back, Dustin Johnson has plan

Dustin Johnson is among those looking for a fight with Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open, although Kaymer is threatening to run away from the field. "My approach won't change at all," insisted Johnson.

U.S. Open: The equipment counts at Pinehurst

The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.

Short game helps Koepka make big move

Brooks Koepka needed only 27 putts on Friday at Pinehurst, carding a 2-under 68 and vaulting well up the leaderboard heading into the weekend.

Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut

Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.

Add U.S. Open contention to Todd's big season

Brendon Todd is in his first major, but he hardly blinked when he saw a U.S. Open leaderboard at Pinehurst with his name nestled beneath that of runaway leader Martin Kaymer.

Amateurs: Whitsett falls short; Fitzpatrick makes cut

Cory Whitsett fires a 1-under 69, but comes up one shot short of making the cut at Pinehurst No. 2. Meanwhile, Matthew Fitzpatrick grinds out 73 and is the only amateur to make the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open.

By the numbers: Kaymer, naturally, strong in several stats

A look at the numbers finds Martin Kaymer performing well at the U.S. Open in several statistics, understandable given his six-shot lead, plus Pinehurst's strengths and (relative) vulnerabilities.

Watson, Dufner headline stars missing Open cut

Bubba Watson fell one shot short of making the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open, as did Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel.

Kisner gives his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift

Kevin Kisner gave his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift on Friday. Kisner pulled his father, Steve, out of the gallery to caddie the last couple of holes knowing he wouldn't make the cut at the U.S. Open.

Notes: Quinn makes cut; Kuchar's non-penalty

Fran Quinn made a move at leader Martin Kaymer early in his second round, but settled for a 4-over 74 that left him 2 over for the tournament and playing the weekend with his son on the bag.

Mahan, Donaldson hit wrong golf balls at U.S. Open

After Hunter Mahan had done some good work to get back into the U.S. Open, hitting the wrong ball in the 18th fairway proved costly for the standout player.

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Thursday's coverage

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.

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.

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.

Notes: Unknowns succeed; English's 1st tour; 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 Harris English played his first competitive round on Pinehurst No. 2 and NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson struggled.

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Preview coverage: The course

VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.

How Pinehurst gets its maddening greens ready

Our Bradley S. Klein was on the course with the course crew at 5:15 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2, taking in how they get a major course prepared and keep it playable.

Death watch? Potential issues on Pinehurst's 9th green

If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.

Message of 2014 U.S. Opens: Scruffy is new neat

A good story to be told by the USGA about its forthcoming national championships is the different look at Pinehurst – scruffier, less green, less manicured, and also firmer and faster. Luck will play more than a small role.

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