Roars from the tens of thousands in the galleries around Pinehurst No. 2 are the loudest noises at the U.S. Open Championship this weekend.
Third round numbers
* Pinehurst No. 2's two par fives played under par Saturday, No. 5 by a substantial amount as there were eight eagles - including by Martin Kaymer and Erik Compton.
On Donald Ross-designed courses all over America, which number over 400, there’s a common theme to the opening hole.
Going back a decade or more, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els were two guys who you figured could contend at U.S. Opens all the time. Els won the 1994 and 1997 editions of the Open, and Goosen was victorious in 2001 and 2004.
- The fourth round begins at approximately 9 a.m. with all groups starting on the No. 1 tee.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.
At Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, No. 2 Course
Martin Kaymer 65-65-72—202
The USGA makes the U.S. Open happen. In this year's case, the staff of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club along with those who made five-year-long restoration a reality have, too.
It would be a lie to say Pinehurst No. 2 “finally” reared its proverbial ugly head on Saturday. It’s been a difficult course all week, but during the third round of the U.S. Open, there were some victims it hadn’t claimed yet who couldn’t escape its jaws.
So it wasn’t another 65. Far from it.
Martin Kaymer retained the lead at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2
Brendon Todd's first U.S. Open Championship, being played in his home state where he was a three-time high school state champ not too far up the road from Pinehurst, was going great until his first-ever U.S. Open weekend round on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, Brendon Todd was able to get up and down from bunkers on 16 and 17, nailing a tense putt on 16 to save par, one that elicited a first-pump from his caddie.
If “being in the zone” is seeing a baseball like a grapefruit or the rim as a 40-gallon trash can, Phil Mickelson admittedly is as far away from the “zone” as an athlete can get going into rounds three and four of the U.S. Open.
It’s safe to say leader Martin Kaymer’s 10-under total this week at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 is an anomaly. Nearly everybody hasn’t done as well through two rounds, but some fell too far behind.
- The third round begins at 9:22 a.m. with all groups starting on the No. 1 tee.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.
* U.S. Open Experience in Tufts Park, Village of Pinehurst
No. 3 plays easy
In the afternoon rounds, the third hole was among one of the easier layouts for players.
After his sparkling record-setting first round 65, Martin Kaymer said to not expect another one.
There are more red numbers than most fans or supposed experts thought Pinehurst No. 2 would allow at the midpoint of the U.S. Open Championship. Yet, with 36 holes to go, it's not close at the top of the leaderboard.
Kevin Na didn't know he'd be in the U.S. Open Championship until two weeks prior to it. Fran Quinn didn't know until the week before.
A lot of youngsters are being outstanding troopers throughout the hot afternoons at Pinehurst No. 2 this week.
Through one round of the U.S. Open Championship at the restored Pinehurst No. 2, thoughts on the return of Donald Ross’ “broken ground” depended largely on the circumstances, and scorecards, players wound up with.
It’s been said that you don’t come to the U.S. Open to find your game. You come because you have game.
Henrik Norlander and Marcel Siem each had 3:45 wake-up calls Thursday morning. They both got to Pinehurst No. 2 in anticipation of their first rounds in the U.S. Open while it was still dark.