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.
Players and officials took the time Wednesday at Pinehurst to talk about the upcoming U.S. Open challenge. Here's a salute and a handful of Major Jim awards to honor their perspectives heading into the year's second major.
Late last year, Ernie Els decided he needed to make some serious changes -- the same ones he used in winning the 2012 Open Championship over a then-stunned Adam Scott. As he chases a third U.S. Open title, he's banking on them.
Phil Mickelson is the much-discussed player who needs a U.S. Open victory this week to complete the career Grand Slam, but he's not the only big name in golf for whom this national championship has proved unreachable.
Finding trends from previous Open victories and previous performances might help predict who will come out on top this week at Pinehurst -- what do the stats say about Phil Mickelson? Rory McIlroy? Justin Rose?
The riddle of Pinehurst is reflected in our senior staff's expert picks -- which range from young up-and-comers to players at their peak including Adam Scott and Bubba Watson to wiley veterans. See all their picks and reasoning right here.