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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.