U.S. Open Tracker: Kaymer stretches lead

Martin Kaymer carried a three-shot lead into Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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U.S. Open

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (No. 2)

6/12/2014 - 6/15/2014

Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Martin Kaymer $1,620,000 600 -9
2 Erik Compton $789,330 270 -1
2 Rickie Fowler $789,330 270 -1
4 Henrik Stenson $326,310 115 +1
4 Jason Day $326,310 115 +1
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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. The winner of last month's Players Championship expanded that margin Friday, shooting 65 again for an eight-shot lead.

Among the players giving chase this afternoon: Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker. But they've got a steep hill to climb.

Keep up with the highlights from the U.S. Open right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage from Pinehurst!

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Update #52: 7:58 p.m. EDT

The final group ends its round with Clayton Rask birdieing to stay inside the cut line and get to 4 over, while Brian Campbell of the Illinois Illini bogeys to fall outside the cut line at 6 over. Pinehurst No. 2 will see 67 players hit the course tomorrow and Sunday.

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Update #51: 7:49 p.m. EDT

Heartbreaker for Matt Dobyns, the long-hitting club pro who birdied Nos. 7-8 to get inside the cut line of 5 over, only to bogey the ninth and end up heading home. At 6 over, he's among 20 players missing the cut by one – including two reigning major champions in Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner.

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Update #50: 7:16 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel flirts with the cut line thanks to a bogey on his 35th hole, but birdied the last to get to 3 over and safely earn a weekend spot.

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Update #49: 7:04 p.m. EDT

So, tomorrow's pairings will have Brendon Todd with leader Martin Kaymer in the final group, while Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker will be in the group ahead.

As inclement weather approaches Pinehurst No. 2, we're waiting to see if the cut can be settled before sundown. Kenny Perry has made it, getting to the clubhouse in 3 over after a Friday 69.

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Update #48: 6:43 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth takes two steps backward with bogeys at Nos. 16-17, dropping nine shots back of leader Martin Kaymer to T-11 at 1 under. Brendon Todd remains Kaymer's closest pursuer, wrapping up a 67 with four straight pars to get to 4 under, six back.

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Update #47: 6:39 p.m. EDT

Some players around the cut line might be affected by an approaching storm cell, it seems. Heavy rains could be about 40 minutes away or less, while Brian Campbell, Nicholas Lindheim, Clayton Rask and long-hitting Matt Dobyns are a shot or two on the wrong side with more than three holes remaining to play.

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Update #46: 6:32 p.m. EDT

A rough round for Phil Mickelson – one that showed hope early with birdies at Nos. 2-3 – wraps up with a bogey for 73, dropping him to T-34 at 3 over as he heads in. His career-Grand Slam aspirations appear on hold for another year.

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Update #46: 6:18 p.m. EDT

The USGA's projected cut slides to 4 over, which at this point would have Zach Johnson and Matt Fitzpatrick barely surviving to play the weekend if they can par the 18th to finish on that mark; same for Miguel Angel Jimenez if he can par in during his last three holes.

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Update #45: 6:07 p.m. EDT

Chris Kirk is 3 under after a birdie at No. 15, moving into a group of six players who are T-6 at 2 under. Kevin Na finishes birdie-par-bogey-par for a 69 that has him T-3 at 3 under with Brandt Snedeker and Jordan Spieth.

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Update #44: 5:53 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth hits one close at No. 14 and sinks the birdie putt to move to T-3 at 3 under. Also on that mark is Kevin Na, who bogeys No. 17.

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Update #43: 5:46 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy picks up birdies at Nos. 3 and 5 to move to T-12 at 1 under with four holes to play. At 2 under for the day, he's shaking off a second-round average this season of higher than 73.

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Update #42: 5:37 p.m. EDT

Brendon Todd birdies No. 13 as the winner of last month's HP Byron Nelson Championship moves to 4 under, T-2 alongside Kevin Na at 4 under.

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Update #41: 5:24 p.m. EDT

Another birdie for Jordan Spieth, this one at the 12th, lifts him to 2 under and T-7, eight back of leader Martin Kaymer. Spieth bogeyed early at the second but now has two birdies in his last five holes as he looks to close the gap somewhat.

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Update #40: 5:17 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the 15th pushes Kevin Na back to 4 under, alone in second again and six shots back of leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update #39: 4:53 p.m. EDT

Five players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings are in today's afternoon groups. Matt Kuchar is faring the best among them, 2 under through 12 holes to rise to T-2 at 3 under. Jason Day and Justin Rose are 1 under for the day, T-31 and T-21 respectively, while Sergio Garcia is even par for the day, T-42. Henrik Stenson is 2 over for the day, T-21.

Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, also is T-21 at 1 over. Early birdies at Nos. 2-3 that got the gallery going have been outweighed by bogeys at Nos. 6, 8 and 10. He's got seven holes remaining to get into the mix of those chasing leader Martin Kaymer – whose lead is again seven shots after a Kevin Na bogey at No. 13.

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Update #38: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Hideki Matsuyama birdies the ninth, Matt Kuchar birdies the 12th and Brandt Snedeker birdies the 13th as they move to T-3 at 3 under alongside Brendon Todd, seven back of leader Martin Kaymer with second-place Kevin Na at 4 under. The four players T-7 at 2 under all completed their rounds this morning.

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Update #37: 4:25 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth birdies the eighth to move to 1 under, trying to get into the mix. He's in his third U.S. Open, having finished 21st in 2012.

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Update #36: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Is leader Martin Kaymer watching? If so, he might have an eye on Kevin Na – who birdies No. 11 to move to 4 under, six shots back. Na has gone nine holes since his last bogey. Brendon Todd remains 3 under, in third as he nears the turn.

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Update #35: 4:03 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler follows a bogey at the fourth with birdies at the fifth and seventh to get his day under par and move to T-11 at 1 under. And yes, he's returned to regular pants today as planned.

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Update #34: 3:53 p.m. EDT

Bogeys drop Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson to 1 under, nine back of leader Martin Kaymer. That's nothing compared to Jeff Maggert, unfortunately, as he makes a 10 at the par-5 fifth hole to drop from 3 over and inside the projected cut to 8 over and outside it.

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Update #33: 3:29 p.m. EDT

Brendon Todd moves to 3 under, getting back to T-2 with birdies at Nos. 3 and 5. Todd, who played collegiately at Georgia, is playing in his first U.S. Open.

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Update #32: 3:16 p.m. EDT

Kevin Na birdies No. 8 to get to 3 under, pulling within seven shots of leader Martin Kaymer. Nobody who's reached or passed that number has stayed there long, except for Kaymer.

At this point, top 60 and ties would mean 4 over or better plays the weekend at Pinehurst. The USGA is projecting the cut at 5 over, however, anticipating a slight rise in enough scores to move things a shot. Among the big names on the course this afternoon and on or near those two figures: Sergio Garcia (4 over); Lee Westwood (5 over) and Angel Cabrera (6 over).

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Update #31: 2:57 p.m. EDT

Hideki Matsuyama and Brendon Todd, both recent PGA Tour winners, birdie No. 3 to move to 2 under and T-2. But nobody's been able to break the cellophane on that mark for long.

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Update #30: 2:33 p.m. EDT

Another hole, another birdie for Phil Mickelson as he rises to 2 under and one of eight golfers T-2, eight shots back of Martin Kaymer.

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Update #29: 2:09 p.m. EDT

A cheer from the gallery for Phil Mickelson is distinct, as he birdies No. 2 to get to 1 under and T-9. Mickelson is trying to give himself a chance to complete the career Grand Slam this week, but like everyone else faces a difficult challenge the next three days.

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Update #28: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell slips right back to 2 under after missing a short par putt at No. 11. He's T-2 with seven others – among them, Matt Kuchar, who birdies No. 11.

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Update #27: 1:52 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell takes second place to himself with a birdie to start his day, moving to 3 under and seven shots back of leader Martin Kaymer. McDowell already has equaled the number of birdies he had yesterday on Pinehurst No. 2's back nine, that one having come on No. 14.

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Update #26: 1:36 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker opens with a birdie at No. 10 to get into the 2-under fray. It's a start. Yesterday, he bogeyed the 10th to start a three-hole stretch that saw him wipe out a 4-under front nine; if he can clear Nos. 11-12 in good shape today, he might be in position to make a run at leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update #25: 1:09 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer hits his tee shot pin high at the par-3 ninth, giving himself a good chance to break his record round of a day earlier – no other player had ever shot 65 at Pinehurst No. 2 in a U.S. Open round. This birdie try misses low and long, however, and the comebacker sinks for a second straight 65. He leads by eight as he heads to the clubhouse.

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Update #24: 1:04 p.m. EDT

Side door? He'll take it out of the middle. Leader Martin Kaymer gets up and down for par once again, this time at No. 8, and he heads to the last looking for his second straight 65.

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Update #23: 12:56 p.m. EDT

A shot back of Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na, six players will tee off between 1-2 p.m. EDT starting the day at 1 under and hoping to close the gap on leader Martin Kaymer.

  • Matt Kuchar: Almost always makes the cut, often contends, continually smiles.
  • Hideki Matsuyama: Emerged for playoff win at Memorial just two weeks ago.
  • Brandt Snedeker: Struggling of late, but his putting talent precludes him from ever being counted out.
  • Jordan Spieth: The young phenom who left Texas early and rocketed onto PGA Tour last season contended at Augusta.
  • Henrik Stenson: Last year he became the first man to hold the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles in the same season.
  • Brendon Todd: Won the HP Byron Nelson Championship last month.

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Update #22: 12:49 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer finds another greenside bunker, this one at No. 7 – the site of his most recent bogey 27 holes ago – and posing quite the challenge as he's shortsided with a steep face to clear and the green sloping away. But he finds the sweet spot, the ball coming to rest on level ground about a foot from the pin and he taps in for yet another par, still 10 under and eight shots clear.

With most of the morning challengers done, Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na might be the best hopes for catching Kaymer when they tee off in about 35 and 15 minutes, respectively.

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Update #21: 12:39 p.m. EDT

Ken Duke's fabulous par (you have to see it to believe it) earlier will be for naught, sadly, as a 4-over back nine sends him in T-113 at 7 over. "That's the way it is here," Duke said. "You really hit some – you hit it wayward and it's going to, you're going to pay for it sometimes."

Meanwhile, a little more perspective on today's Martin Kaymer display from the Twitter account of our Golfweek Forecaddie (who is that guy, anyway?), @4caddie: "Hold the coronation. From the You Never Know Dept., consider leaders' scores at No. 2 in 2005: Goosen 81, Browne 80, Gore 84."

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Update #20: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge finishes bogey-par for a 70 that keeps him 2 under and T-2 – eight back of leader Martin Kaymer, whose sand save at No. 6 keeps him 10 under.

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Update #19: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer notches his second birdie in three holes at No. 5 and moves to 10 under, seven shots ahead of Brendon de Jonge with four holes to play and bogey-free for his last 25 holes.

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Update #18: 12:07 p.m. EDT

Our Jeff Rude got a little glimpse into Martin Kaymer's personality – give it a watch.

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Update #17: 12:03 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson bogeys No. 6 and follows with a par, dropping to 2 under and running out of time to make a significant move on leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update #16: 11:48 a.m. EDT

Let's check in on 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-28, 1 over (2 under through 14 holes today)
  • 2. Bubba Watson: T-118, 7 over (1 over through 13)
  • 3. Steve Stricker: T-28, 1 over (1 over through 16)
  • 4. Jason Day: T-49, 3 over (yet to tee off)
  • 5. Sergio Garcia: T-49, 3 over (yet to tee off)
  • 6. Matt Kuchar: T-6, 1-under (yet to tee off)
  • 8. Henrik Stenson: T-6, 1-under (yet to tee off)
  • 9. Jim Furyk: T-49, 3 over (even through 16)
  • 10. Justin Rose: T-40, 2 over (yet to tee off)

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Update #16: 11:37 a.m. EDT

OK, Martin Kaymer, we get it. You like this Pinehurst joint. The latest evidence? An approach at No. 4 to about 15 feet and a birdie try that just grazes the lip of the cup. It's his ninth par of the day and it keeps him at 9 under and in control.

Dustin Johnson birdies Nos. 3 and 5 to move to 3 under, while Brendon de Jonge also gets to that mark with a birdie at No. 15. That's your tie for second as both come down the stretch of their second round.

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Update #15: 11:16 a.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer drives the third green – why not, with a big cushion protecting the risk? He runs the eagle putt past the hole on the high side and sinks the comebacker for birdie to move to 9 under. That's 30 holes with just one bogey as he's built a seven-shot lead. Outstanding.

Interesting tidbit from Ian Poulter before he gets started this afternoon, posting via his Twitter account, @IanJamesPoulter: "Looking at the pin locations for round 2 of the @usopengolf. keep an eye on the 15th par 3 pin. I think it's one of the toughest on the day."

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Update #14: 10:51 a.m. EDT

Tough situation on No. 18 for Jamie Donaldson and Hunter Mahan, as each plays the wrong ball for their approach shots. Both make double bogey, dropping Donaldson to T-132 at 8 over (on the heels of a triple bogey at No. 17) and Mahan to T-68 at 4 over – perhaps more costly for Mahan, who had hit first, as he tries to make the cut.

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Update #13: 10:38 a.m. EDT

We'll see what Martin Kaymer can do the next 2-1/2 days. Surely any player would take a 6-shot lead through 27 holes. But a couple of our senior writers have shared different takes on Twitter.

  • Jeff Rude, @GolfweekRude: "Martin Kaymer has 6-shot U.S. Open lead at turn Fri. morn. Could have feeling of being over at lunch Friday–like Woods, McIlroy in past"
  • David Dusek, @Golfweek_Dusek: "The temptation is going to be to crown Kaymer the 2014 #USOpen champ very soon. #FightTheTemptation. … Everyone thought Rory would win Sunday at Augusta in '11. Adam Scott was a lock to win the British Sunday in '12 too. #DidntHappen"

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Update #12: 10:34 a.m. EDT

Fran Quinn bogeys back-to-back at Nos. 4-5 to return to even par for his day, T-2 at 2 under alongside four others: Brendon de Jonge, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na. That means Martin Kaymer has a six-shot lead with 45 holes to play.

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Update #11: 10:29 a.m. EDT

Gary Woodland is keeping pace with leader Martin Kaymer, 3 under for his round after a birdie at No. 7 and following with a par. Woodland is T-7 at 1 under, seven back of Kaymer.

As he makes the turn, Kaymer converts a long two-putt at No. 18 for par to remain 8 under, with just one bogey in 27 holes – now five shots clear of Fran Quinn, who bogeys No. 4.

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Update #10: 10:14 a.m. EDT

At the par-3 17th, leader Martin Kaymer hits it pin high to the middle of the green. Looking to add another major title to his 2010 PGA Championship, Kaymer barely misses the birdie putt and settles for a tap-in par to remain 8 under.

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Update #9: 9:56 a.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer hits his tee shot into the bunker at the par-3 15th but executes the sand save to remain 7 under. Fran Quinn birdies at No. 3 to move to 4 under and narrow the margin, but Kaymer rebounds with a long birdie putt at the 16th to move to 8 under and restore a four-shot lead.

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Update #8: 9:35 a.m. EDT

File this one under "you've got to be kidding me." At the par-3 ninth hole and flirting with the cut line, Ken Duke finds himself stymied – yet manages one of the most unlikely scrambling pars you'll ever see (click for video). Duke remains 2 under for his round, T-60 at 3 over.

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Update #7: 9:31 a.m. EDT

Like leader Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott is 2 under for the day – birdies at Nos. 13-14 lift him to T-30 at 1 over. Also 2 under today are Ken Duke and Gary Woodland.

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Update #6: 9:24 a.m. EDT

Trouble at No. 14 for leader Martin Kaymer, as he misses the fairway well left. He recovers to the front of the green, only to run his birdie try about 10 feet past the cup. Restoring the ice in his veins, though, Kaymer makes the long comebacker and remains 7 under, four clear of the field.

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Update #5: 9:12 a.m. EDT

Like it had eyes, Martin Kaymer's ball curls into the cup at No. 13 for another birdie that pushes him to 7 under, again extending his lead to four shots over Brendon de Jonge and Fran Quinn.

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Update #4: 9:06 a.m. EDT

Fran Quinn starts his day with a birdie to move to 3 under, three shots back of leader Martin Kaymer. Dustin Johnson birdies No. 6, his second of the day against a bogey, to get back to 2 under and T-4.

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Update #3: 8:57 a.m. EDT

In addition to leader Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker are under par and high on the U.S. Open leaderboard early Friday – both 1 under and T-6.

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Update #2: 8:49 a.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge starts his round with a bogey, but back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3-4 get him in the red for the day and to 3 under, three shots back of leader Martin Kaymer. De Jonge, of Zimbabwe, finished T-37 at the Masters and T-33 at last year's PGA Championship.

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Update #1: 8:23 a.m. EDT

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The hole locations for the second round at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Heavy overnight rains – which hit locally around 9 p.m. – will make for a different course today, or at least this morning. Greens will be receptive and those that finished up late yesterday will definitely have an advantage this morning.

Martin Kaymer starts his round at the par-5 10th and opens with a birdie from 6 feet to move to 6 under. Dustin Johnson also started at the 10th with a birdie and is now 2 under.

The hole locations are also in. Just click on the photo to the right for those.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 midday Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. All tried Thursday to solve Pinehurst — but Martin Kaymer opened up a three-shot lead. Recap the first-round U.S. Open highlights right here.

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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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