By Sunday evening, the competition in the 114th U.S. Open suddenly seemed pleased to discover that runaway winner Martin Kaymer had left them a few morsels to enjoy at Pinehurst.
Martin Kaymer, 29, lost his way after winning the 2010 PGA Championship and ascending to World No. 1 in 2011. After two grueling, emotional years of toying with his swing and mentality, the German is back on top of the world.
Brooks Koepka knew, standing on the 18th green Sunday at Pinehurst, that his performance had just changed his life -- securing his PGA Tour card and spot the 2015 U.S. Open. He didn't know the birdie he'd make would land him in the Masters.
One observer hopes that folks watching this week's U.S. Open don’t dismiss Pinehurst's course makeover as some fad – that instead they embrace the revolution of this firm, fast, linksland in the pines.
To cap the low round of the day at Pinehurst on Sunday in the U.S. Open, Daniel Berger walked the 18th with his dad inside the ropes, while Keegan Bradley thought of Ryder Cup points down the stretch.
Chasing his second major title, Martin Kaymer starts Sunday at the U.S. Open in control of his destiny at Pinehurst -- while Erik Compton, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson give chase. Follow the highlights right here!
At Pinehurst, some thought the winner might finish the U.S. Open over par. Martin Kaymer remains well under par after Saturday's third round. Recap the highlights right here!
Ryan Moore will tell you what's different about U.S. Open conditions at Pinehurst for Saturday's third round: "They're starting to firm up. They're getting bouncier. There's going to be at least 10 people putting off the greens today."
When Jim Furyk's U.S. Open week ends Sunday, caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan will hang around Pinehurst and loop for Lydia Ko, adjusting to women's yardages while lending his knowledge of the No. 2 course.
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.
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.
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.
Martin Kaymer posted a 65 to start the U.S. Open with the lead – and a record for an Open round at Pinehurst No. 2 at that despite an afternoon tee time. He hits the course early Friday to try and expand that margin.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the sights from the second and third rounds of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on Friday and Saturday.
Merion Golf Club is known for its diminutive length, its narrow fairways, its history – and its wicker-basket pins in lieu of flagsticks. Here's a look at the unique way Merion marks its hole locations.
The sun came out for U.S. Open practice Tuesday at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pa. – though conditions on the grounds were visibly still wet, check out the players in action just two days removed from the first round. Check back all day as we update images.
Here are images from sectional qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
Check out images of Brooks Koepka from the U.S. Open in San Francisco, as well as his sectional qualifier in Lecanto, Fla.
Check out images from 14-year-old Andy Zhang's first practice round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Take a look at the Lake Course at Olympic Club in San Francisco, site of the 2012 U.S. Open.