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.
- The second round begins with groups going off tees No. 1 and No. 10 at 6:45 a.m.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.
Graeme McDowell watched countryman and playing partner Rory McIlroy boom shot after shot, attacking the treacherous greens at Pinehurst No. 2 every chance he got.
At Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, No. 2 Course
Early morning clouds prohibited sunlight from beating down on players and the course at the U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 and, as a result, led competitors sending warning signs ahead for the weekend.
The course was just right, the tournament was right and his play was right. Everything seemed to work in Kevin Na’s favor Thursday.
Somebody asked Martin Kaymer on Wednesday what score would be OK with him for the whole week. He said 8-over.
Fowler honors Stewart
Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart Thursday with his attire. He wore knickers, a common sight a long time ago in golf but made popular in the last 20 years or so by Stewart, who won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
There were plenty of red ones and twos all over the manual scoreboards around the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club grounds during Thursday's first round of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.
After his victories in the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship, the media bubble surrounding Rory McIlroy tended to be around his Nike endorsement deal or his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
The Herald staff got together, or at least traded emails, and picked the top 10 golfers - not all pros mind you as the national championship golf tournament is an open event - who we think will be there on the back nine on Sunday.
Justin Rose's U.S. Open victory last June at Pennsylvania's Merion Golf Club was the first U.S. national title won by an Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
When Erik Compton strolls up to the first tee at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, he'll be in some unfamiliar territory.
At Pinehurst No. 2
What's a big-time sporting event, especially one you're fortunate enough to see in person, without a fantasy game to go along with it?
Tickets for the remainder of this week's U.S. Open Championship are sold out, according to the USGA on Wednesday.
- The first round begins with groups going off tees No. 1 and No. 10 at 6:45 a.m.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.