Sunday, June 15
09:38 p.m. EDT Thank you all for joining us for the U.S. Open, it's been a fabulous week at Pinehurst No. 2. The good news? We get to do it again right here next week! We'll have live updates from the U.S. Women's Open, and full coverage, at www.uswomensopen.com. See you Tuesday, Pinehurst!
07:41 p.m. EDT What an amazing performance for Martin Kaymer, the 2014 United States Open champion. He makes a 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to post a score of 9-under 271, the second-lowest in championship history. He finishes eight strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who finish with scores of 1-under 279.
07:30 p.m. EDT What a great performance by Erik Compton, as he posts a final round 72 and a 72-hole score of 1-under 279. He's currently in a tie for second. An incredible story - Compton is playing world class golf after two heart transplants.
07:26 p.m. EDT Two putts for Martin Kaymer gives him a routine par on No. 17, and puts him eight ahead of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton heading to the 72nd hole. It's safe to say he'll be able to enjoy his walk up the final fairway.
07:17 p.m. EDT Kaymer's putt from just off the green on No. 16 stops about 10 feet short, he then misses his par try to fall back to 9-under. Still plenty of wiggle room - Rickie Fowler is his closest challenger at 2-under.
07:15 p.m. EDT Key spots on the leader board: +1, which is currently in a tie for fourth and will mean a likely spots in the Masters, and +2, which puts players at that score and better in the top-10 and guarantees them a spot in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
07:09 p.m. EDT Three pars coming in for Martin Kaymer would give him a 72-hole score of 270, which would be the second-lowest in U.S. Open history, trailing only Rory McIlroy's 268 in 2011. Three birdies coming in would break that record. He has a lengthy putt for birdie from just off the green.
07:02 p.m. EDT Defending champion Justin Rose finishes up his title defense with a birdie on the 72nd hole and will post a final round 72, +3 for the championship, which currently puts him in a tie for 13th. Curtis Strange will remain the most recent player to win back-to-back U.S. Opens, achieving the feat in 1988 and 1989. Check out our Video On Demand section of usopen.com to hear Strange's thoughts on his accomplishment.
06:48 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer is heading into historic territory right now with a birdie on No. 14. He now moves to 10-under, and is ahead by eight strokes. Only three times has there been a larger margin of victory in the U.S. Open: Tiger Woods (2000, 15 strokes), Willie Smith (1899, 11), and James Barnes (1921, 9).
06:40 p.m. EDT It has been a tough final round for Rickie Fowler, but he's hung in there with two straight birdies on No. 12 and 13 to move to 2-under and in a tie for second with Dustin Johnson and Erik Compton. Unfortunately, that's seven shots behind Martin Kaymer, who also birdied 13 and is now 9-under. It will take something special to beat him at this point.
06:20 p.m. EDT 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott finished up with a final round 69. At +2 for the championship, he is currently tied for eighth and is in line to post his first career U.S. Open top-10: “The difference between playing good and playing just okay at a U.S. Open is magnified ten times from a normal tournament. You can play okay and shoot under par elsewhere. Here, you play okay, you shoot 4- or 5-over and don't feel like you did too much wrong.”
06:18 p.m. EDT We're heading down the home stretch here at Pinehurst No. 2, and despite being just even-par on the day, Martin Kaymer (-8) has picked up a stroke on the field and is six ahead of Dustin Johnson and Erik Compton as he plays the 12th hole.
05:53 p.m. EDT With eight holes to play, Martin Kaymer still leads by five strokes, but missed an opportunity to pick up at least a stroke after a bogey by Erik Compton on No. 11. He had some on the par-5 10th, hitting both his third and fourth shots over the green, before ultimately settling for bogey. He's at -8, Compton at -3. Dustin Johnson is at -2.
05:40 p.m. EDT Erik Compton connects with a birdie on No. 10 and moves to -4, and is once again five strokes behind Martin Kaymer.
05:37 p.m. EDT Another birdie for Martin Kaymer, his second of the day, this time on the par-3 ninth, gives him a six-stroke lead for the moment lead for the moment (-9), with Erik Compton facing a short birdie putt on No. 10.
05:34 p.m. EDT Today has been a busy day at Pinehurst No. 2., and not just because of the final round of the U.S. Open. U.S. Women's Open competitors have arrived and have been using the practice facilities at the same time as U.S. Open competitors. Among those that has registered today are Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and defending champion Inbee Park. The Video on Demand section of usopen.com and uswomensopen.com has a great video from today chronicling this unique and historic experience.
05:30 p.m. EDT Keegan Bradley, who closed with 67 to finish at +1 and is currently in a tie for eighth, has an interesting perspective on how important Sunday's round was for him: "I'm so pumped. I was nervous coming down to the end, because there's so many Ryder Cup points on the line here. I was thinking about it. And it's a battle for me because of how bad I want to be on that team. I know that one shot here or there is double points, so it's -- it was nerve wracking. I don't really -- I'm not too worried about the money or the place, Ryder Cup points at this point for me."
05:29 p.m. EDT A nice up and down from just off the green by Martin Kaymer on No. 8, and he remains at 8-under, five ahead of Erik Compton.
05:27 p.m. EDT The fourth hole yielded zero bogeys on Sunday. The last time that happened in a U.S. Open was during the final round in 2013 at Merion Golf Club, when everyone made par or higher on the 18th hole.
05:25 p.m. EDT With Martin Kaymer in trouble on No. 8, Erik Compton failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on No. 9, and makes bogey to fall back to 3-under, five back of Kaymer.
05:16 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson (+7, 72) post-round: "I was surprised with how good the condition of the greens were in. If you hit good putts they would go in, there were some holes where you were going to have to hit it to 30 feet or so, but you could make putts out there."
05:15 p.m. EDT A two-shot swing has made things interesting. Erik Compton recovers from a three-putt bogey by making birdie on No. 8, while Kaymer struggles to a bogey on No. 7 to fall to 8-under. Compton is now just four back.
05:06 p.m. EDT Keegan Bradley just finished up a final round 67, his third sub-par round of the championship. His third round 76 is what essentially kept him from being in contention - he is currently 1-over and 10 shots back of the lead.
04:58 p.m. EDT Erik Compton had a great opportunity to pick up a stroke and move closer to Martin Kaymer on No. 7, but instead three-putted from five feet to make bogey and fall to -3. Kaymer now has a six-stroke lead, one more than he began the day with.
04:50 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler is struggling with his ball striking, but his putting seems to be just fine. After taking only 24 putts on the way to a 67 on Saturday, Fowler just followed up a 10-foot make for double bogey by draining a putt of similar length for birdie on No. 5 to move to 2-under. Kaymer misses a short birdie attempt and remains at 9-under, five ahead of Erik Compton.
04:46 p.m. EDT The U.S. Open title that has eluded Phil Mickelson so many times will have to wait for at least one more year. Mickelson, who would complete the career Grand Slam with a U.S. Open win, shot a Sunday 72 to finish at 7-over for the championship.
04:38 p.m. EDT No. 5 is another great opportunity for Kaymer to pick up a stroke and continue to separate himself from the field. The fifth has been the easiest hole this week, having surrendered 149 birdies with only Kaymer and Fowler left to play it. The second most birdies on one hole this week has been No. 3, which allowed 114.
04:37 p.m. EDT A three-foot birdie putt for Erik Compton on the par-5 fifth puts him at 4-under and five back of Martin Kaymer. He is now two strokes clear of the next closest competitors in Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson.
04:34 p.m. EDT A 10-foot putt falls in for Rickie Fowler on No. 4 and he salvages a double bogey, which moves him back to 1-under. Kaymer hits a nice putt from short of the green to two feet and cleans up for par. He remains six ahead, now with only Erik Compton at -3.
04:28 p.m. EDT Trying to judge the native areas around Pinehurst No. 2 can be tough, as was just demonstrated by Rickie Fowler's third shot on the fourth hole. Trying to play his shot similar to how one would often play a bunker shot, he picked the ball clean and is well over the green. He'll have to get up and down from in between two trees to avoid double bogey or worse.
04:23 p.m. EDT One more quick note: Every competitor who returns a 72-hole score will be exempt into U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying for 2015 (they will be exempt from local qualifying).
04:21 p.m. EDT Even though some players towards of the leader board may feel like they have little chance to catch Martin Kaymer, there is still a lot to play for. The top-10 finishers and ties will be exempt into next year's U.S. Open, to be held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. In addition, the top-four finishers and ties are likely to receive Masters invitations.
04:13 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer looks dialed-in to start his final round. After two opening pars, he drove the par-4 third hole, playing 313 yards today, and had a routine two-putt for birdie to extend his lead to six strokes after Rickie Fowler leaves his birdie try short.
04:02 p.m. EDT Keegan Bradley holes a 6-footer for eagle at the par-4 13th, which is measuring just 314 yards today. Bradley now -3 for the day and +1 for the championship.
04:00 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer continues his mastery of the greens at Pinehurst No. 2 by holing a 9-foot par putt at the second after hitting his approach over the green. He still leads Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton by five strokes.
03:59 p.m. EDT Justin Rose records the first eagle at the par-5 fifth hole and moves to -1 for the championship. Could he make a late charge?
03:54 p.m. EDT Jim Furyk, the 2003 champion, posts the fourth sub-par round of the day with a 3-under 67. Currently tied for 18th.
03:50 p.m. EDT Big par save for Erik Compton at No. 2. Keeps him at -3 for the championship, five off the lead by Martin Kaymer.
03:49 p.m. EDT German LPGA Tour player Sandra Gal out following the final pairing of Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler. Also following is 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion Yani Tseng, owner of five major titles. The U.S. Women's Open will be contested at Pinehurst No. 2 this coming week.
03:44 p.m. EDT Solid two-putt par for Martin Kaymer at the first. Rickie Fowler shows his poise and steely demeanor by holing a 10-foot par putt. He remains five off the lead.
03:38 p.m. EDT Brooks Koepka also birdies the third. Could be a big day for Koepka, the native Floridian who qualified for this Open at the Walton Heath sectional in Surrey, England. He is currently tied for eighth. Low 10 and ties are exempt into the 2015 U.S. Open. Low four and ties receive an invitation to the 2015 Masters.
03:37 p.m. EDT Matt Kuchar back into red figures after rolling in birdie putt from just off the green at the third. He is now -1 for the round and championship.
03:35 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer find the fairway at first. Everybody has now teed off in final round.
03:29 p.m. EDT Penultimate pairing of Erik Compton and Henrik Stenson on the course. One more pairing left to tee off.
03:25 p.m. EDT Zac Blair pays tribute to his dad, Jim, on Father's Day by giving him the bag on the 18th hole. Jim Blair is a fine player in his own right, having qualified for the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion. Zac Blair posted a 71 and finished at 9-over 289 for the championship. Zac was one of five golfers to make the cut who went through local and sectional qualifying. He won't have to do local qualifying next year by virtue of playing 72 holes this year.
03:19 p.m. EDT Consecutive birdies for Keegan Bradley at Nos. 9 and 10 to get to +2 for the championship and -2 for the round.
03:13 p.m. EDT Ian Poulter turns in 3-under 32. The Englishman now +1 for the championship.
03:10 p.m. EDT Defending champon Justin Rose has begun his final round. He'll likely be relinquishing the title later today.
03:00 p.m. EDT Steve Stricker with his second chip-in birdie of the day. Holed out on 2 and now on 7 to get to +3 for the championship and -1 for the round.
02:57 p.m. EDT This is only the third time since the USGA ended the marathon 36-hole final day after the 1964 U.S. Open that the final pairing on Sunday will feature two golfers in their 20s. First was 1976 at Atlanta Athletic Club with Jerry Pate and John Mahaffey. Pate won the title as a sectional qualifier. In 2002, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia were in the final pairing, with Woods earning his second U.S. Open title. And today, 29-year-old Martin Kayme, the 54-hole leader by five shots, will play with 25-year-old Rickie Fowler.
02:46 p.m. EDT Dressed in his traditional Sunday orange, Rickie Fowler hits the practice range to prepare for the final round. He is in the final group with 54-hole leader Martin Kaymer, five strokes off the pace.
02:45 p.m. EDT Ian Poulter has started strong with birdies at one and five to move to +2 for the championship. He is one of four goflers on the course who is under par for his round. Already three sub-par 70 rounds in the books.
02:39 p.m. EDT A bogey for Phil Mickelson at the ninth. Tee shot was plugged in a greenside bunker and his recovery shot rolled off the green. Makes turn at 1-under 34 and +4 for the championship.
02:32 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson keeps the momentum going with a par-save at No. 8. He is -2 for the round and +3 for the championship.
02:21 p.m. EDT Kelly Mitchum, playing as a non-competitive marker with Toru Taniguchi, shot a 79 on Pinehurst No. 2. Mitchum missed the cut when he competed in the 1995 U.S. Open. Taniguchi, for the record, shot 76. His score, however, counted.
02:09 p.m. EDT Eight players currently on the course are under par for their final rounds. Course setup being a little more receptive on Sunday. Could set up some theatrics later this afternoon.
02:07 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson with a brilliant 9-iron approach at No. 7 to 4 feet. A birdie would get him to -2 for the round and +3 for the championship.
02:04 p.m. EDT On Saturday, only two golfers bettered par at Pinehurst No. 2. Already today, three golfers have posted sub-70 scores: Daniel Berger (66), Louis Oosthuizen (67) and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).
01:59 p.m. EDT A little more on Daniel Berger. His father, Jay, reached the Round of 16 at the 1985 U.S. Open tennis championship after getting into the field as the 18-and-Under national singles champion. An All-American at Clemson, Jay Berger turned pro in 1986 and played on two U.S. Davis Cup Teams. He was the USA's head tennis coach at the 2012 Olympics in London and is now the U.S. Tennis Association's head of men's tennis. And now his son has posted a 66 in a U.S. Open of the golf variety.
01:52 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who start the day five strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer, can hang their hopes on this: Five players in history have come back from five strokes or more to win a U.S. Open: Lee Janzen (5 strokes, 1998)
01:47 p.m. EDT Daniel Berger, 21, of Jupiter, Fla., just made birdie on No. 18 to complete a round of 4-under 66, the second-best round of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.
01:46 p.m. EDT Current world No. 1 Adam Scott and 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy are off and running after splitting the fairway with their tee shots on the first hole.
01:37 p.m. EDT Zach Johnson, after making the 44th hole-in-one in U.S. Open history at the 9th hole, trotted off the teeing ground and high-fived spectators on both sides of the picturesque hole. He is grouped today with Kenny Perry, who was also grouped with Peter Jacobsen when Jacobsen made a hole-in-one at the same hole in the 2005 U.S. Open.
01:32 p.m. EDT Matthew Fitzpatrick, the only amateur to make the cut, finished off a 1-under-par round of 69. He will be awarded the Low Amateur Medal this evening, and is the first player since Bob Jones in 1930 to hold the low-amateur honors at both the British Open (2013) and U.S. Open concurrently.
01:31 p.m. EDT Louis Oosthuizen misses a par putt at No. 18 to settle for a 3-under-par 67, the lowest final round in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
01:24 p.m. EDT USGA President Tom O'Toole Jr., told NBC's Dan Hicks the following as U.S. Women's Open competitors continue to file into Pinehurst Resort & Country Club: 'This is exactly what was contemplated when we scheduled these back-to-back championships."
01:22 p.m. EDT Defending and two-time (2008, '13) U.S. Women's Open champion Inbee Park has arrived at Pinehurst No. 2 to take in the final-round action and get in some practice.
01:16 p.m. EDT Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, is 4 under par through 16 holes. He has climbed 17 spots up the leader board, to a tie for 44th.
01:01 p.m. EDT U.S. Women's Open competitor Sandra Gal has now arrived at Pinehurst No. 2 and will practice a bit before going out to watch her fellow German, Martin Kaymer, attempt to win the U.S. Open.
12:51 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson has been struggling with his putts from inside 10 feet this week. He just missed an 8-footer for par on the first hole, dropping him to 6 over for the championship.
12:43 p.m. EDT Round 4 course setup notes: A total of 7,349 yards and greens running an average of 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter. Our @usopengolf Twitter handle has shared a chart illustrating all 18 hole locations.
12:28 p.m. EDT Hole No. 5 has consistently played as the easiest hole at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, and Sunday hasn't been an exception so far. Of the 19 players to come through so far, seven (36.8%) have made birdie. There have been 16 eagles on the hole this week, but none so far on Sunday.
12:25 p.m. EDT Graeme McDowell is off to a fast start to his final round. The 2010 U.S. Open champion has birdied two of his first three holes and is now +5 for the championship.
12:20 p.m. EDT A strong finish for Rickie Fowler today would continue his trend of being a factor in major championships on a more consistent basis. He posted a tie for 10th in last year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, and is coming off a tie for fifth in the Masters. In between, he had another top-20 major performance with a tie for 19th at the PGA Championship.
12:07 p.m. EDT Tom Kite won the 1992 BellSouth Classic on Mother's Day and then won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on Father's Day. Martin Kaymer, who won the 2014 Players on Mother's Day, can become the first player since Kite to accomplish the Hallmark-worthy feat.
11:58 a.m. EDT Only one other player has won at least two major championships and a Players Championship before age 30: Tiger Woods. Martin Kaymer has the opportunity to do the same thing today.
11:47 a.m. EDT Lydia Ko, the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur champion who already has six professional victories at just 17 years old, just arrived on the practice range at Pinehurst No. 2. One of today's great storylines is the prospect of U.S. Women's Open competitors practicing alongside the U.S. Open field.
11:37 a.m. EDT Jordan Spieth, who turns 21 on July 27, is in good position for his second consecutive high finish in a major championship. He played in the final grouping with Bubba Watson at the 2014 Masters and finished tied for second.
11:09 a.m. EDT There are a number of interesting pairings today, with a compelling one being Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. It's interesting how the final round groupings fell, as 15 of the 67 players who made the cut are major champions, but McIlroy and Scott are the only two paired together.
11:04 a.m. EDT The aforementioned Oosthuizen - Fitzpatrick pairing is off to a good start as the only players under par in their rounds so far. They have identical scorecards in the early going, with birdies on the first and fifth holes.
10:45 a.m. EDT Matthew Fitzpatrick, the lone amateur of the 11 in the U.S. Open field to make the cut, is paired this morning with Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion. Fitzpatrick, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, finished as the low amateur in the 2013 British Open, and if he returns a 72-hole score will be the first player since Bob Jones to be the reigning low amateur in both championships at the same time.
10:13 a.m. EDT Through the first three rounds of the U.S. Open, Chevron has donated $5,000 per eagle as part of the "Eagles For Education" program, which has totaled $95,000 (19 eagles) through Sunday. To celebrate U.S. Open Sunday, Chevron has upped their donations today to $20,000 per eagle.
09:37 a.m. EDT Toru Taniguichi, officially competing as a single today, has Kelly Mitchum, one of the teaching pros at Pinehurst Resort, playing with him as a non-competing marker. Mitchum has experience on the grand stage himself, having competed in the 1995 U.S. Open and in four PGA Championships, most recently in 2012.
09:32 a.m. EDT The final round of the 2014 U.S. Open is underway, with Toru Taniguchi having just began his round. Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler are in the final grouping today, they begin at 3:35 pm.
Saturday, June 14
09:49 p.m. EDT Live updates will continue on Sunday morning just prior to the start of final round play, with the first starting time slated for 9:32 a.m. EDT. See you tomorrow, Pinehurst!
09:46 p.m. EDT As his closest challengers, Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton will enter the final round five strokes behind Martin Kaymer. Players have come back from five strokes behind or more in the final round to win the U.S. Open five times, most recently Lee Janzen, who trailed by five strokes heading into Sunday at The Olympic Club in 1998 before a final round 68 gave him a one-stroke victory over Payne Stewart.
08:53 p.m. EDT The stroke average for the third round was 73.82, but there were only two sub-par rounds recorded as compared to 36 the first two rounds. The stroke average for Round 2 was 72.89.
08:18 p.m. EDT Sunday's final group of Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler will tee off at 3:35 p.m. EDT. The action starts at 9:32 a.m. Visit usopen.com for full groupings and starting times.
08:03 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer (-8) made five bogeys on Saturday, but managed to post 72 and will head into Sunday with a five stroke lead after starting the day ahead by six: "I played a good round today, especially at the start. I kept it together very well. I knew I would make a few more bogeys today, especially with how hard they made the course today. It's nice to have a lead but it can vanish in a few holes tomorrow.
07:41 p.m. EDT What a great way to finish for Martin Kaymer. An excellent approach shot on No. 18 followed by an eight-foot birdie putt to post 72 and enter Sunday five shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.
07:29 p.m. EDT It's been a tough day for Brendon Todd. Starting the day alone in second place at 4-under, he is 9-over on his round and has dropped to a tie for 30th place.
07:28 p.m. EDT A nice up and down by Martin Kaymer from right of the 17th green keeps him at 7-under. A par on the last would put him four strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton heading into the final round.
07:21 p.m. EDT With a 3-under 67, Rickie Fowler went into the clubhouse at 3-under par for the championship and squarely in contention. He shared some thoughts after his round: "I can put myself in contention with the rest of the group, and see what Martin does. If he goes out and posts double digits, it's going to be impossible for us to catch him. It's like a second tournament going on. See what Martin does. He's obviously on top of his game and playing well."
07:17 p.m. EDT Dustin Johnson posts an even-par 70 for his third round, putting him at 2-under for the championship with one round to go. A steady round for Johnson, who matched two bogeys with two birdies.
07:07 p.m. EDT The scoring average during the first two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2: 73.0610. Today's scoring average with four groups yet to finish: 73.8810.
07:01 p.m. EDT Outside of Martin Kaymer, defending champion Justin Rose is the only other major champion currently in the top-10. Steady rounds of 72-69-70 has Rose at +1 and in a tie for ninth.
07:00 p.m. EDT Another Saturday Kaymer note: He had 11 birdies in the first two rounds. He has none on Saturday, but did eagle No. 5.
06:56 p.m. EDT What was a seven shot lead at one point during Round 3 is now just four for Martin Kaymer, as a missed five-foot putt for par on No. 15 drops him to 7-under, with Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton at -3. The bogey is the fifth of the day for Kaymer after he had just one during the first two rounds.
06:41 p.m. EDT Erik Compton matches Rickie Fowler's 67 to also finish at 3 under. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have put him in solo second place.
06:32 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer just made his first bogey on the back nine this week, a three-putt on the par-4 13th hole. He drops to 8-under for the championship, four strokes clear of Kevin Na.
06:25 p.m. EDT Dustin Johnson has played a rock-solid round through 14 holes. He bogeyed the second hole but has birdied 10 and 14 to move to 3 under par, six strokes behind Kaymer.
06:03 p.m. EDT Fowler polishes off a 3-under 67, the best round of the day so far. He narrowly missed three putts inside 5 feet that would have propelled him even further up the leader board.
05:38 p.m. EDT A lot has been made about how the newly restored Pinehurst No. 2 is completely different from how it was previously. However, course knowledge counts for something, as all five players in the field who competed in the 2008 U.S. Amateur here at Course No. 2 made the cut: Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Scott Langley, Patrick Reed and Kevin Tway.
05:28 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer makes the turn at +1, carding three bogeys and one eagle. He started the day with a six-stroke lead, which is now down to 5.
05:25 p.m. EDT Following his 3-over-par 73, 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson said this about playing in his home state: "Yeah, it's fun. It's always great to play close to home. A lot of southern drawls out there. I've had fun hearing everybody talking."
05:17 p.m. EDT Back-to-back birdies for Brendon de Jonge on the ninth and 10th holes move him to 4 under, tied for second place with Kevin Na.
05:08 p.m. EDT Henrik Stenson walks in a birdie putt on the long par-5 10th hole to move into a four-way logjam at 3-under par, tied for third place.
05:04 p.m. EDT Kevin Na makes birdie on No. 8, just the second birdie on the 480-yard par four, to move into a second-place tie with Erik Compton at 4 under.
05:00 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler makes his fourth birdie of the day by pouring in a 12-foot putt at the par-4 13th hole. He is currently 2-under for both the day and the championship.
04:50 p.m. EDT There is compelling story developing around Erik Compton. The 34-year-old from Coral Gables, Fla., has undergone two heart transplants in his life. He just rolled in a double-breaking, 35-foot birdie putt on No. 11 to move into second place at 4 under par, five strokes behind Kaymer.
04:46 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer was too bold with his long lag putt on the par-3 6th hole, putting it of the back of the green. The 224-yard hole is the third-most difficult on the course today.
04:41 p.m. EDT Garth Mulroy, a South African who went to N.C. State and lives 90 miles up the road in Raleigh, said this about the Tar Heel State crowds: "There are people that are aware that I'm from here. But I probably should have put an N.C. State head cover on my bag." Mulroy shot even-par 70, the low round of the day so far.
04:39 p.m. EDT A birdie on No. 10 has Erik Compton to 3-under for the round and the championship. He's tied for second with Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Na, seven strokes back of Martin Kaymer.
04:37 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer now leads by seven after he rolls in his eight-foot putt for eagle on No. 5, moving back to 10-under. He took advantage of the easiest hole on the course today - the eagle is the eighth today on the fifth hole, and it is playing more than half a stroke under par.
04:32 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer is doing everything he can to preserve his lead during Round 3. After a nice bogey save on No. 4, he hit another errant tee shot on No. 5 but hit a great second shot from the native area and now has an 8-foot putt for eagle to get back to where he began his round: 10-under.
04:30 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson also shot 2-over 72 today, and sits at +5, well back of the leaders: "The pins are so close to the edges that if it went sometimes four to six feet on that one side, it was down in a bad spot. So it was a tough. It was a tough day to try to go low."
04:26 p.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els shot 72 today, and currently sits at 6-over through 54 holes: "There's really good pin placements. I think it's a really good test. You have to play away from some flags, and they give you opportunity for other ones. It's a great setup."
04:25 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer makes a terrific 10 foot putt to save bogey and move to 8-under. His lead is now five over Brandt Snedeker, Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Na.
04:21 p.m. EDT A 30-foot birdie putt by Rickie Fowler has moved him to 2-under for both the championship and on his round.
04:15 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer's lead is back to six strokes for the moment, as Brendon de Jonge made bogey to move back to -3, however, Kaymer had to take a penalty stroke on No. 4 when he choose to drop after his tee shot ended up in a cluster of pine needles. He's pitched out into the fairway and will be attempting to hit his fourth shot onto the green.
04:07 p.m. EDT Things are tightening on the leader board, if ever so slightly. A short birdie putt by Brendon de Jonge (-4) put him just five shots back of Kaymer, who moments later hooked his tee shot on No. 4 and will have a tough go of it the rest of the hole.
03:46 p.m. EDT How firm have the greens gotten at Pinehurst No. 2? Brendon Todd had a putt for birdie on the second hole and putted it off the green. No pictures on the scorecard, however, as he salvages bogey to match Kaymer, and stay six back.
03:44 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer has now missed both greens in regulation to begin his third round. He has missed a total of 12 in his 38 holes so far this week, but has made just one bogey.
03:39 p.m. EDT U.S. Women's Open players will be taking over Pinehurst No. 2 next week, and some are already on-site. Natalie Gulbis is one of the competitors who has arrived early, she's signing autographs in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.
03:33 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer has a six-stroke lead, but take note: A player leading or sharing the lead after 36 holes has gone on to win the U.S. Open in just three of the last 10 years. (McIlroy- 2011, McDowell 2010, Cabrera 2007).
03:23 p.m. EDT The final group is now teeing off in the third round of the U.S. Open. Leader Martin Kaymer (-10) and Brendon Todd (-4) have both hit their opening tee shots and are heading down the first fairway.
03:10 p.m. EDT Low round currently on the course: Rickie Fowler, who is 2-under for the day through six holes. He's also joining forces with the USGA to promote the "Play 9" program, which encourages golfers to play 9 holes so golf can become a more frequent part of their busy schedules. Visit www.usga.org/play9 and learn more!
03:01 p.m. EDT Hole 7 has been moved up 48 paces and is playing just 315 yards today, giving players several options today, including trying to drive the green. It's playing slightly over par in the early going. Will be exciting to see the leader's approach to this hole.
02:54 p.m. EDT Kenny Perry will defend his U.S. Senior Open title in July, and he's looking like he's in pretty good form. The 53-year-old just hooked his approach shot on the 14th hole around a tree and into the hole for an eagle 2. It's the seventh eagle of the day that the field has recorded, and the first one that didn't occur on the par-5 fifth hole.
02:42 p.m. EDT Sergio Garcia is one of three players to post 72 this morning, so far the lowest score of the day: "If it stays like I don't see anyone shooting better than 67."
02:37 p.m. EDT Rory McIlroy just began his third round, paired with Chris Kirk. McIlroy is currently tied for the 10th, joining leader Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley as the three major champions currently in the top-10.
02:35 p.m. EDT It's worth nothing that of the 13 completed rounds that have been posted today, none have been lower than 72. Nicholas Lindheim, Sergio Garcia and Zach Johnson all shot was has so far been the low score.
02:31 p.m. EDT There are three holes that players have yet to birdie during Round 3: 8, 11 and 16. Hole 16 in particular has been quite a challenge today. Of the 16 players to come through so far, there have been five pars, eight bogeys, and three double bogeys. The par 4 is playing to 531 yards today, and has a hole location all the way towards the back of the green.
02:25 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler moved into red figures for the championship with a tap-in birdie on No. 3 following a beautiful approach. He is one of five players currently at 1 under.
01:53 p.m. EDT Justin Leonard shot 5-over 75 on the day, but finished his round with a bang, holing out from the bunker for birdie on No. 18.
01:42 p.m. EDT Only two players on the course are under par on the day: Patrick Reed and Shiv Kapur are both 1 under. The course is playing at a stroke average of 75.6 thus far in Round 3, nearly three strokes more than Round 2.
01:13 p.m. EDT Players looking to pick up shots will need to take advantage of No. 5 today. A par 5 measuring 530 yards, there have already been five eagles there so far in Round 3.
01:10 p.m. EDT After a tough start to his third round, Sergio Garcia has steadied himself with three birdies in his last six holes, and is now 1-under on the day, 3-over for the championship. Still in search of his first victory in a major championship, Garcia has notched four top-10 finishes in 14 career U.S. Open starts.
12:47 p.m. EDT Some notes pertaining Round 3 course setup: The course is measuring 7,422 yards, and the greens are running an average of 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter. Pinehurst No. 2 measured 7,360 yards in Round 1 and 7,428 in Round 2.
12:43 p.m. EDT Our first third round score has been posted, with Nicholas Lindheim posting a 2-over 72. Playing as a single, he finished in just over three hours, and was 1-under for his round before making a late bogey and double bogey.
12:14 p.m. EDT A key to success this week at Pinehurst thus far? Keeping it in the fairway. Leader Martin Kaymer and his closest challenger, Brendon Todd, enter Round 3 tied for the lead in driving accuracy, having hit 25 of 28 fairways (89.3%). The third player tied for the lead in that category is Chris Kirk, who enters Saturday at 1-under and in a tie for 10th place.
12:12 p.m. EDT Live coverage of U.S. Open third round play is underway on NBC, as well as on usopen.com, where you can watch dedicated coverage of holes 9 and 18.
11:54 a.m. EDT Some early historical notes to be aware of as Martin Kaymer prepares to begin his third round at Pinehurst No. 2 with a six-stroke lead: The largest 54-hole lead in U.S. Open history is Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 (10 strokes), the 54-hole scoring record in a U.S. Open is 199, set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011.
11:46 a.m. EDT A host of U.S. Women's Open competitors have arrived in preparation of next week's championship. They will be practicing at another Pinehurst Resort course, and are invited to be a part of the last two days of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
11:31 a.m. EDT Only 10 birdies so far this morning at Pinehurst. It's early, but the conditions don't seem to be as conducive to scoring as they were Thursday and Friday. Plenty of golf left today.
11:02 a.m. EDT The early returns on Saturday at Pinehurst show that low numbers are little harder to come by so far. Nicholas Lindheim, the first player out this morning, is the only player who is under par on his round, shooting a 1-under 34 on his outward nine.
10:16 a.m. EDT Groupings and starting times for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open have been released and can be found on www.uswomensopen.com. The Women's Open will be conducted at Pinehurst No. 2 June 19-22, the first time the two championships will be held at the same course in back-to-back weeks.
10:11 a.m. EDT Some notable pairings during the early portion of Saturday: Two-time U.S. Open Retief Goosen with 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (11:01 a.m. EDT), 2009 British Open Stewart Cink with 2011 PGA Tour FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas (11:23), Phil Mickelson with 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (11:56).
09:28 a.m. EDT Some course stats through two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2: The hardest hole on the course has been No. 11, with the par 4 sporting a scoring average of 4.375. The easiest has been No. par-4 third hole, playing to an average score of 3.885, one of just two holes playing under par. Hole No. 6 has proven to be the toughest to pick up a shot on so far, having surrendered just nine birdies through two rounds.
09:18 a.m. EDT Nicholas Lindheim (+5) is on the first tee and ready to begin Round 3 of the U.S. Open. Since an odd number of players made the cut (67), Lindheim had the option of playing by himself or with a non-competing marker. He has chosen to play as a single.
09:06 a.m. EDT With Saturday's action about to begin, be sure to check out a full recap of everything that was Round 2 of the U.S. Open in the Daily Recap section of usopen.com.
08:58 a.m. EDT Welcome to third round coverage of the 2014 U.S. Open. The first starting time Saturday morning will be at 9:22 a.m. EDT, with Nicholas Lindheim in the first group. Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd will be in Saturday's final group, slated to begin at 3:25 p.m. Live coverage begins on NBC at Noon Eastern, with live coverage of holes 9 and 18 beginning at Noon on usopen.com.
Friday, June 13
09:22 p.m. EDT Starting times are now available for Saturday's third round of play. Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd are in the final pairing, and will begin their rounds at 3:25 p.m. EDT. Nicholas Lindheim will start things off at 9:22 a.m. A full list of tomorrow's pairings is available on usopen.com.
08:38 p.m. EDT Note: Groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open, to be held at Pinehurst No. 2 June 19-22, will be released on Saturday. This will be the first time the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open will be conducted on the same golf course in back-to-back weeks.
08:03 p.m. EDT Matthew Fitzpatrick (+4) will carry the flag for the amateur golfers this weekend at Pinehurst No. 2, as he is the lone non-professional to make 36-hole cut. Should he return a 72-hole score, it would mark the second time that he has earned low-amateur honors in a major championship. The Englishman earned the Silver Medal in the 2013 British Open, finishing tied for 44th overall.
08:02 p.m. EDT Second round play of the 2014 U.S. Open is complete. 67 players are +5 or better and have made the 36-hole cut. Groupings and starting times for Round 3 will be available shortly.
07:16 p.m. EDT McIlroy: "I think what Martin is doing is more impressive that what I did at Congressional, just because of which golf course he's doing it at. Here, there's trouble around every corner."
07:13 p.m. EDT Rory McIlroy (-1, 68): "If I was Martin I would be thinking about how to get seven ahead, and then how to get eight ahead, how to get nine ahead. This isn't a golf course where you can just protect." McIlroy led by six strokes through 36 holes at Congressional in 2011 before going on to win by 8.
07:08 p.m. EDT Jordan Spieth (-1, 70): "I typically don't watch [before his round], but today I did because I heard the greens were more receptive and it was making a difference."
07:07 p.m. EDT Henrik Stenson: "I plan to stick to my game plan for another nine to 18 holes. The goal is always to be within 3-5 shots of the lead within 18 holes to go."
07:04 p.m. EDT World No. 2 Henrik Stenson (-2, 69): "Martin is potentially running away with this golf tournament, and if he does, i'll be the first person out there on the 18th hole to congratulate him. But there's 36 holes left, and a lot can happen."
07:00 p.m. EDT Brendon Todd (-4, 67) will enter Saturday in second place, but six strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer: "You have to stick to your game plan and play good U.S. Open golf. If Martin shoots 10-under over the next two days, he's superhuman."
06:53 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer will enter Saturday with a six-stroke lead over Brendon Todd. That will match the largest 36-hole lead in championship history. Tiger Woods (2000) and Rory McIlroy (2011) both led by six strokes after two rounds, and both went on to win, by 15 and 8 strokes, respectively.
06:48 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson (+3) shot 73 today after starting out 2-under through his first five holes. He had a total of 34 putts during his round. "The hole looks like a thimble to me today. I'm having a hard time finding it."
06:15 p.m. EDT With a birdie on the par-3 15th, 2013 U.S. Senior Open champion Kenny Perry has moved to 4 over for the championship, right inside the projected cut line.
05:36 p.m. EDT Miguel Angel Jimenez had been straddling the projected cut line at 5 over, but bought himself some breathing room with a jaw-dropping holeout for eagle from the bunker on No. 3 (his 11th hole) to move to 3 over.
05:27 p.m. EDT Brendon Todd just birdied the par-4 13th to move into a tie for second with Kevin Na.
05:14 p.m. EDT Great pre-Father's Day moment at Pinehurst: Kevin Kisner, currently 10 over, pulled his father out of the gallery to caddie the last three holes.
05:10 p.m. EDT Something to consider with Martin Kaymer currently sitting on a seven-stroke lead: The largest 36-hole comeback in U.S. Open history is 11 strokes, done by Lou Graham at Medinah in 1975.
04:35 p.m. EDT Brandt Snedeker has birdied three of the last seven holes to move into a tie for third place at 3 under. Snedeker has four birdies in his round, but a double bogey on No. 11.
04:12 p.m. EDT Kevin Na birdied the par-4 11th to move to 4 under and within six strokes of leader Martin Kaymer. Na had birdied three of the last nine holes without a bogey.
03:56 p.m. EDT Scott Langley has made a run to 11th on the leader board, shooting 3 under through 11 holes, including an exciting holeout for birdie on No. 8 that rolled around the edge of hole before dropping.
03:49 p.m. EDT Pinehurst No. 2 has four par 4s that will play to more than 500 yards this week, the most in Open history.
03:31 p.m. EDT Local favorite Brendon Todd has joined Kevin Na at 3 under, playing the first five holes in 2 under. Todd went to high school about an hour northeast of Pinehurst at Green Hope High, at which he won four state championships.
03:16 p.m. EDT Looking to get up and down on No. 8, Kevin Na did even better, holing out for birdie to move to 3 under and break away from the large pack at 2 under.
03:06 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson missed out on a birdie chance on the par-5 fifth, settling for par. No. 5 had yielded 24 birdies on the day, the second-easiest birdie hole on the day.
02:27 p.m. EDT Ryan Moore, three-time USGA champion, moved to 3 under on his round with a hole-out eagle on No. 5, as his chip one-hopped high off the flagstick and dropped in.
02:24 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson posts back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 to move into a second-place tie with a large group at 2 under.
01:55 p.m. EDT The current projected cut is 5 over. The cut in 1999 at Pinehurst came at 7 over and it came in at 8 over in 2005. The lowest cut in a U.S. Open was 3 over in 2003 at Olympia Fields.
01:37 p.m. EDT The Marquee Group of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick has teed off on No. 1. All three found the middle of the fairway. Watch them live on usopen.com.
01:32 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer: "I struggled the last four to five holes, but kept it together. I didn't miss many fairways or greens. This is not a done deal. You can't approach the weekend in a relaxed way. You have to keep playing. There's never a time to take it easy in a U.S. Open."
01:26 p.m. EDT The afternoon Marquee Group of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick will stream live on usopen.com beginning at 1:36 p.m. EDT.
01:14 p.m. EDT In setting the 36-hole scoring record, Martin Kaymer has gone 29 holes without making a bogey.
01:09 p.m. EDT With a par on No. 9 Martin Kaymer has set the U.S. Open 36-hole scoring record at 10-under 130 with back-to-back rounds of 5-under 65. Rory McIlroy held the previous 36-hole mark at 131 in 2011 at Congressional. McIlroy went on to cruise to victory. Kaymer currently holds an eight-stroke advantage with the afternoon groupings set to tee off.
01:08 p.m. EDT Keegan Bradley finished his round with a birdie on No. 9, closing with four birdies in his last seven holes. He posted back-to-back 1-under 69s and sits among a large group at 2 under.
12:45 p.m. EDT World No. 1 Adam Scott left his birdie putt straight in and just short on No. 9, his final hole, but he still finished with a 3-under-par 67 on Friday, which leaves him at even par entering the weekend. Scott's 67 is the best round among the first 25 percent of the field to finish (39 players), one stroke better than Brooks Koepka and Kevin Stadller among that group. Scott made four birdies against a lone bogey and is in a large group at even par, currently tied for 14th.
12:31 p.m. EDT The third hole on Pinehurst No. 2 is listed as a 387-yard par 4, but like all holes on the course, the teeing ground varies daily. On Friday, the tee has been moved up dramatically so the hole measures 315 yards, providing players with a legitimate opportunity for birdie, and lots of them are taking advantage of it. With about half the field having played the hole today, nearly half of them have made birdie 3 -- the tally is 36 birdies, 36 pars, 5 bogeys and 1 triple bogey, for a stroke average of 3.64.
12:16 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer birdied his 14th hole of the day, the par-5 fifth, to extend his lead to eight strokes and move to 10 under par. He becomes the sixth player to reach double digits under par in U.S. Open history, joining Gil Morgan (1992, Pebble Beach), Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach), Jim Furyk (2003, Olympia Fields), Ricky Barnes (2009, Bethpage Black) and Rory McIlroy (2011, Congressional). Woods, Furyk and McIlroy went on to victory.
11:54 a.m. EDT The hole location on No. 5 is in the back left of the green, and it has brought the severe left fall-off into play, giving players in the wrong spot plenty of difficulty. Just several minutes ago, Y.E. Yang ended up putting three balls from the same spot.
11:34 a.m. EDT Dottie Pepper on ESPN, on the difficulty around the greens of Pinehurst No. 2 and the doubt they create: "The humps and bumps take away your natural rhythm. Often the last thought in your mind is a question mark."
11:21 a.m. EDT About 4 1/2 hours into play on Friday and with overnight rain softening the course, the scoring average is only slightly lower than Thursday's. The stroke average for the first round was 73.23, and thus far in the second round it is 73.16.
11:01 a.m. EDT As play progresses today, it will be interesting to see how many competitors try and reach No. 10 in two today. It's playing at a lengthy 627 yards.
11:00 a.m. EDT We're seeing some great shots around Pinehurst No. 2 right now. Kevin Stadler just holed out his approach shot for an eagle on No. 13, while Adam Scott drove the green on the par-4 third hole, which is measuring just 307 yards from tee to hole today.
10:45 a.m. EDT One nuance of Pinehurst No. 2 that the field has had to be aware of this week is the difference between bunkers and the sandy areas around the golf course. A video explaining the details is one of several featured in the "Rules Corner" section of "Video on Demand" on usopen.com.
10:40 a.m. EDT Also posting a score of 32 on his outward nine: Gary Woodland, who is 3-under for the day and 1-under for the championship.
10:39 a.m. EDT Martin Kaymer continues his steady play, turning in 32 as some of his closest challengers move backwards. At -8, he now leads by six, with five players, including 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, at -2.
10:18 a.m. EDT Some course setup notes for Friday: Pinehurst No. 2 is measuring 7,428 yards today, with the greens averaging about 12 feet on the stimpmeter due to some overnight rainfall.
09:54 a.m. EDT Another birdie for Martin Kaymer on No. 16, his seventh hole. He's now 8-under and four strokes clear of Fran Quinn. Just bogey through 25 holes for the reigning Players champion.
09:51 a.m. EDT Playing in his first U.S. Open since 1996, Fran Quinn opened with a 2-under 68 on Thursday, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Two birdies on his first three holes today has him to 4-under and, for the moment, sole possession of second place.
09:33 a.m. EDT How do you get up and down from a tough spot? Ken Duke may be able to provide some tips. His ball wedged into a bush just outside of a greenside on No. 9, Duke deliberately hit it into the bunker, using his putter, and then proceeded to hole his bunker shot and save par. That gives him an outward nine of 33.
09:27 a.m. EDT It's a four stroke lead for Martin Kaymer, as he moved to 7-under with a birdie on No. 4. Eight birdies against just one bogey through 23 holes of the championship
09:10 a.m. EDT Ken Duke continues his hot start at Pinehurst No. 2 this morning. He's 3-under through his first seven holes, and has made four threes so far. The key: Only nine putts so far.
09:02 a.m. EDT David Gossett, who opened with a 6-over 76 on Thursday, started his opening round a few minutes ago. He seems to be planning for good vibes today, as he is wearing a Pebble Beach hat, the site of his victory in the 1999 U.S. Amateur. It's also where he played in his only other U.S. Open prior to this one, in 2000.
08:51 a.m. EDT Following Bubba Watson's 76 (+6) on Thursday, the reigning Masters champion quipped, "The golf course is better than me right now." He seems to be feeling a lot better about his game today, at least in the early going, with a pair of birdies in his first four holes. Watson is trying to avoid missing the U.S. Open cut for the fourth time in eight career starts.
08:40 a.m. EDT Ken Duke is making an early charge this morning. After opening with a 75, the 45-year-old birdied 3 of his first 4 holes and is now to +2 for the championship.
08:37 a.m. EDT First round leader Martin Kaymer continues to move in the right direction after an opening round 65. He made birdie on the par-5 10th to move to -6. Brendon de Jonge is 1 under on his round and -3 for the championship, keeping Kaymer's lead to three strokes.
07:43 a.m. EDT Live streaming on usopen.com starts at 8:02 a.m. EDT, with Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner as our marquee group. You can also join the conversation in live our streaming console by tweeting with the hashtag #AmexGolf.
07:28 a.m. EDT Some notes from Thursday: The scoring average of 73.23 was the lowest opening round scoring average in a U.S. Open since 2003 (72.68)...Martin Kaymer and Brandt Snedeker each made six birdies, tied for the most in a round in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst...Kaymer Snedeker also had the best nine-hole scores on Thursday, each shooting 31 for a side.
07:23 a.m. EDT A note from Thursday: There were five eagles in Round One, which means Chevron is donating $25,000 to the Eagles For Education program. You can learn more at www.usga.org/chevron.
07:17 a.m. EDT After a solid start to the championship on Thursday, Mark Wilson made birdie on the first hole this morning to move to -1 and become the 16th player in red figures. This is Wilson's fourth U.S. Open start, he is looking to make the cut for the first time.
06:51 a.m. EDT What were some of the interesting storylines from Round One? You can out check our Thursday notebook on usopen.com, which goes into detail about the grouping that includes only Georgia Bulldogs, talks about 17-year-old Will Grimmer's round, and more.
06:48 a.m. EDT Following Round Two, the field will be cut to the players with the low 60 scores and ties. To start the day, 67 players sit at +2 or better.
06:44 a.m. EDT Round Two of the 2014 U.S. Open is ready to begin. Alex Cejka, Graeme Storm and David Oh will be the first group off of hole No. 1 at 6:45 am EDT, while Garth Mulroy, Steven Alker and Bobby Gates go off of No. 10, at 6:45 as well.
Thursday, June 12
11:28 p.m. EDT Live updates will continue on Friday for Round Two of the U.S. Open. Live streaming of the Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner grouping begins at 8:02 a.m. EDT on usopen.com. See you tomorrow, Pinehurst!
09:05 p.m. EDT Round one note: Players had much more success keeping their tee shots in the fairway in this year's opening round than in the last Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005. Competitors hit 71% of fairways on Thursday, compared with 49% of fairways in 2005.
07:58 p.m. EDT More on Martin Kaymer's 65: 6 birdies, 1 bogey, 13 of 14 fairways hit, 11 of 18 greens in regulation, 25 putts.
07:53 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer's 65 (-5) is the lowest opening round in a U.S. Open since 2011, when Rory McIlroy shot 65 in the first round at Congressional on his way to an eight stroke victory. The last time a player shot a lower opening round score was 2009, when Mike Weir shot 64 at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in 2009. In both of the previous Opens at Pinehurst No. 2, 67 (-3) led the way through 18 holes. It is also the lowest score in a U.S. Open at No. 2 in any round.
07:11 p.m. EDT The top 16 players on the first-round leader board represent seven different countries: Germany, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Japan, Wales and the United States.
06:57 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer (-5, 65): "I just didn't make many mistakes, I hit good golf shots, and I was able to make some putts, it was a really good finish. It's only the first round. Usually the golf course only gets more difficult, so if you stay around level par you have a chance to win the golf tournament. I was fairly surprised that the golf course was playing so soft, it was very firm on Tuesday and Wednesday."
06:42 p.m. EDT Martin Kaymer parred No. 18 to polish off a 5-under-par 65. He currently leads by three over four players at 2 under.
06:31 p.m. EDT World No. 1 Adam Scott on his 3-over 73: "I can't really blame it on anything else other than a few sloppy chip shots from off the green."
06:24 p.m. EDT Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson shot an opening round of 6-over 76 on Thursday. "Around here it's hard to visualize the shots. I hit what I thought were some good shots, I was in what we could call the rough area a few times and got some iffy lies, but my execution just wasn't very good today. Today wasn't the day for me for ball striking, so that's why I shot 6-over."
06:17 p.m. EDT Dustin Johnson: "I thought the course was set up nicely and the greens responded well for a Thursday. I'll take a 1-under round around this course every day."
06:16 p.m. EDT Kaymer birdies No. 16 to go to 4 under par.
06:00 p.m. EDT 2014 Players champion Martin Kaymer is the new leader, at 3 under par. He is playing the 16th hole.
05:45 p.m. EDT 1-under 69 looks to be a popular score today. There are currently 14 players tied for 5th place at that number, including six players who are already in the clubhouse.
05:27 p.m. EDT Greens in regulation is typically an important statistic for a U.S. Open, but it's not always an indicator of a player's score. Brendon De Jonge, who leads the field with nearly 87% greens in regulation, is tied for the lead. Cameron Wilson, who hit 15 of 18 greens today (83%), shot an 8-over 78.
04:54 p.m. EDT Keegan Bradley makes first bogey. Fails to get up and down on 11. Falls to -2. Fran Quinn only golfer currently without a bogey or worse on the card.
04:45 p.m. EDT Louis Oosthuizen makes first bogey on 11. Holed a long putt for a 5.
04:41 p.m. EDT The only players without a bogey today are Jim Renner, Cody Gribble, Louis Oosthuizen, Fran Quinn and current leader Keegan Bradley. All are still on the course. Renner, Gribble and Quinn have yet to complete nine holes. Oosthuizen has all pars thru 10 holes.
04:35 p.m. EDT The 2014 U.S. Open is the 23rd held on a Donald-Ross designed golf course. Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has hosted six U.S. Opens, the most of any Ross course, followed by the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, with four. Oakland Hills will host the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship.
04:28 p.m. EDT Pinehurst is starting to show its teeth as the day wears on. 2-under is currently the threshold players are battling to overcome. Currently seven players share the lead at that number, with five currently on the golf course. Of those, three are major champions - Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell.
04:25 p.m. EDT Three-putt for Brooks Koepka on 13 drops him out of the share for the lead. The Florida State product is now -1.
04:10 p.m. EDT Fran Quinn of Worcester, Mass., making his fourth U.S. Open start but first since 1996, is -2 thru six holes and tied for the lead. Quinn, who plays on the Web.com Tour, was the medalist at the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He has his 15-year-old son, Owen, serving as his caddie this week.
03:46 p.m. EDT This week and next is a big celebration of the U.S. Opens throughout the city of Pinehurst. All week, the U.S. Open Experience in Tufts Park is holding evening events that revolve around the championships, all free to attend. Tonight, there will be a viewing of the 'Spirit of the U.S. Open' film series beginning at 8:30 p.m.
03:38 p.m. EDT Seen out on the course: No. 18 is playing just 439 yards but is the fifth hardest hole on the course. Facing an uphill approach shot, many players are struggling to reach the green in regulation, and have recorded 31 bogeys or worse so far today.
03:14 p.m. EDT Programming reminder: Coverage of the Round One of the U.S. Open has moved over to NBC. ESPN2 will have late day coverage beginning at 5 p.m. Live streaming of the Bubba Watson, Schwartzel and Adam Scott group is on usopen.com.
02:54 p.m. EDT Matt Fitzpatrick and Oliver Goss were the finalists in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, and right now they've backed up their play as two of the elite amateurs in the game. Both posted rounds of 1-over 71 this morning, which so far is three strokes better than the next best 18-hole score from a non-professional.
02:53 p.m. EDT Nice start to the U.S. Open for 2003 champion Jim Furyk. He has birdied two of his first six and currently sits just one back of the lead. Furyk has knocked on the door of contention at several U.S. Opens since winning at Olympia Fields - he finished as a co-runner up in back-to-back years (2006-07) and entered the final day in 2012 tied for the lead before ultimately tying for fourth.
02:10 p.m. EDT We have a new leader, and it's Brooks Koepka, who hit a nice shot out of the sandy area on No. 5 to about 10 feet and then rolled in his eagle putt to move to -3.
02:05 p.m. EDT When they're not battling the world's best, young U.S. Open are visiting the Chevron STEM Zone on-site at Pinehurst, a highly interactive pavilion right near the main entrance that shows the science of golf through hands-on exhibits and activities.
01:54 p.m. EDT Phil: "There's not enough pins that you can go at, there are some where you have to put it in the center of the green and then make the 20-footer up the hill. Those are the putts I have got to make."
01:48 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson (E, 70): "I'm never upset at anything [below par], it's a good start. I didn't hurt myself any. I had a chance to get to 3-5 under par, but I missed some opportunities. I didn't throw anything away though. The driver feels really good right now, and that's a club that can really help me this week, it's been my putting that's hurt me, and that's what I need to work on."
01:45 p.m. EDT A photo gallery of Thursday morning highlights are now available on usopen.com. Take a look at the action as the first players went out and battled Pinehurst No. 2.
01:40 p.m. EDT Jordan Spieth fired a 1-under 69 today: "I got off to a good start, a couple under through 4-5 holes and played 15-18 even, which I think will be a goal for the week. All in all, under par for the Open, i'll take it all four rounds."
01:30 p.m. EDT 1973 U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller spoke at Pinehurst today in the USGA Members Clubhouse. He shared his thoughts with Kay Cockerill afterwards: "Once you win the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, whatever, it puts you on a different level. My life changed when I won the U.S. Open."
01:27 p.m. EDT Jordan Spieth, the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, finished the first round with a 1-under-par 69, carding four birdies.
01:23 p.m. EDT Rose on being the defending champion this week: "It's been great, i've had less demands on my time than I thought I would, and I was able to prepare the way I wanted to."
01:18 p.m. EDT Defending champion Justin Rose (+2, 72): "Looking at the score, I wouldn't say it was easy, but with the conditions, if you hit it well, you could go at the flags....I was +4 through nine, I said to myself, 'If I could get it back to 2, and then go 1-under each day..."
01:01 p.m. EDT In the very early-going, the par-4 11th hole is playing as the toughest at Pinehurst No. 2 with a scoring average of 4.46, having surrendered just two birdies thus far. The par-5 fifth hole (4.79) has been the easiest, and has been the only hole that competitors have recorded eagles on (3).
12:54 p.m. EDT 2010 U.S. Open champion and co-leader Graeme McDowell (-2, 68): "I'm very pleased, this was a golf course where I spent the last few days just preparing myself mentally for the challenge. It wasn't my best ball-striking day, but you don't have to necessarily strike the ball great here, you have to position yourself correctly."
12:51 p.m. EDT Co-leader Kevin Na (-2, 68): "Because we were out early, there was a little moisture on the greens so shots were holding, but I think it will be rock hard by Sunday." On the restored Pinehurst No. 2: "It's definitely a lot different from what you're used to at a U.S. Open with no rough, but it's a lot of fun, it definitely tests every club in your bag."
12:40 p.m. EDT Matt Kuchar just posted a 1-under 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Open: "It would have been a tough finish to end with three straight bogeys, but that can definitely happen out here...it was looking for awhile like I may go bogey-free around a U.S. Open course, that's a thought I probably should not have had."
12:36 p.m. EDT Our afternoon live streaming will begin at 1:25 p.m., with a trio of Masters champions in Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott. All 18 holes will be on usopen.com.
12:20 p.m. EDT Kevin Na just posted a 68 (-2), the second sub-par round of the morning. Na, who had a mixed bag with three birdies, an eagle and three bogeys, only became exempt into the championship on Monday after a runner-up finish in the Memorial moved into the top-60 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
12:05 p.m. EDT Rickie Fowler just made birdie on hole No. 5, his 14th hole of the day, to join Kevin Na and Phil Mickelson at 2-under. Fowler had had mixed results in the U.S. Open early in his career, making two cuts in his first four starts and not contending, but had a strong weekend at Merion last year and finished 10th. He's showing in the earlygoing that he may be a factor come Sunday.
11:59 a.m. EDT There's now a four-way tie for the lead at -2 after Brandt Snedeker bogeys 17. Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na and 2010 champion Graeme McDowell atop the board.
11:56 a.m. EDT We now have a five-way tie for first after Matt Kuchar, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion, bogeys the 16th hole.
11:55 a.m. EDT Phil Mickelson to -2 with a birdie at the par-5 second hole. He now trails Matt Kuchar by one. Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Na and 2010 champion Graeme McDowell also at -2.
11:47 a.m. EDT Defending champion Justin Rose with three birdies on his second nine (outward nine) moves the Englishman to +1.
11:45 a.m. EDT Brandt Snedeker recovering from his rough second-nine start with birdies at 14 and 16 to get back to -2, one behind Matt Kuchar.
11:33 a.m. EDT Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, birdies the 14th hole to move to -2, one behind leader Matt Kuchar. McDowell was also the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Open.
11:16 a.m. EDT Kevin Na, who got into the field on Monday based on being inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, chipped in for eagle at No. 5 to get to -2, one behind Matt Kuchar. Na was the runner-up at the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago and jumped to 40th in the OWGR.
11:11 a.m. EDT Back to back bogeys for Henrik Norlander Nos. 6 and 7 drops the Swede to -1 and two strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar. Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick now in sole possession of second at -2.
10:59 a.m. EDT Defending champion Justin Rose rallying on his second nine with birdies at one and three to move to +2.
10:55 a.m. EDT Henrik Norlander gives a shot back at the par-3 sixth with a three-putt bogey. Now one behind solo leader Matt Kuchar.
10:44 a.m. EDT Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick gets to -2 after a birdie at the second. This is the final amateur competition for the reigning U.S. Amateur champion from England. An amateur hasn't won the U.S. Open since 1933, although some have come close, including Jack Nicklaus' runner-up finish in 1960 at Cherry Hills. The last amateur to finish inside the top 15 at the U.S. Open was Spencer Levin (T-13) in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills.
10:39 a.m. EDT Henrik Norlander of Sweden rolls in a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 fifth hole to move into a share of the lead a -3 with Matt Kuchar. Both Norlander (Augusta State) and Kuchar (Georgia Tech) attended college in Georgia. Norlander helped ASU win a pair of NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011. Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur and was low amateur at the 1998 U.S. Open. Norlander earned his way into the field at the sectional qualifier held in Roswell, Ga., at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Course.
10:36 a.m. EDT Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark produces one of the shots of the day, holing out for eagle from a greenside bunker at the par-5 fifth hole. Moves the former Florida State University golfer to -1 for the championship after 14 holes.
10:34 a.m. EDT Jordan Spieth turns with an inward-nine 33 after a par save on 18. The two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion is one stroke behind Matt Kuchar.
10:32 a.m. EDT Fantastic par save at 11 by solo leader Matt Kuchar. Rolled in a 10-foot putt finding a fairway bunker off the tee. Layed up short of the green and hit his third shot with a wedge 10 feet below the hole. He is at -3.
10:30 a.m. EDT Currently 17 players in red figures, including the lone player from India in the field, Shiv Kapur. Kapur qualified at the Surrey, England international sectional held at Walton Heath Golf Club. He also played his college golf at Purdue University. He is -1 thru six holes.
10:21 a.m. EDT Score adjustment for Graeme McDowell. He had a par on No. 9 and turned in 1-under 34. The 2010 U.S. Open champion from Northern Ireland still just two back of Matt Kuchar's lead.
10:19 a.m. EDT A double-bogey 6 for Brandt Snedeker on No. 11 now puts Matt Kuchar in sole possession of the lead at -3. Kuchar hit the lip of a fairway bunker with his second shot, giving the Nashville, Tenn., native back-to-back 6s on his card.
10:16 a.m. EDT Received course setup notes for Round 1 and the greens are rolling 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter and the course is measuring 7,360 yards. The par-5 fifth is playing 528 yards and is reachable in two shots. Graeme McDowell has an eagle on the hole todayl.
10:13 a.m. EDT Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, has shaken off an early bogey with an eagle-3 on the par-5 fifth and a birdie-2 on No. 9 to move to -2. He turned in 33. And qualifier Henrik Norlander continues to play steady golf. He is -2 through 13 holes.
10:11 a.m. EDT Phil Mickelson plays the outward nine in 1-under 34 and is just two strokes off the lead. Meanwhile, defending champion Justin Rose, who is playing with Mickelson and amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, is trending in the wrong direction. Rose shot a 4-over 39.
10:06 a.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth follows bogey at par-3 15th with a birdie-3 on 16 to move back to -2, one shot behind co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar.
10:03 a.m. EDT A bogey on par-5 10th has dropped Brandt Snedeker back into a share of the lead with Matt Kuchar. They are one ahead of sectional qualifier Clayton Rask, who garnered one of the two spots at the Creswell, Ore., sectional qualifier held at Emerald Valley G.C. Rask played his college golf at the University of Minnesota and is one of two former Gophers in the 2014 U.S. Open field.
09:52 a.m. EDT Three amateurs now in red figures after Stanford University rising sophomore Maverick McNealy birdies the par-4 13th hole. McNealy has his father, Scott, on his bag. Scott played golf at Harvard and later became a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Oliver Goss, the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick are also -1 for their rounds. No amateur has won the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933.
09:50 a.m. EDT Matt Kuchar birdies the par-3 ninth to shoot a first-nine 32 and now trails Brandt Snedeker by one stroke. Like Snedeker, Kuchar is seeking a first major title. And like Kuchar, he won a USGA championship as an amateur, beating Joel Kribel at Cog Hill in the final match of the 1997 U.S. Amateur. Snedeker won the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
09:41 a.m. EDT Brandt Snedeker posts a first-nine 31, but it could have been one better. The 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion missed a short birdie attempt on the par-3 ninth hole. Still leads by two strokes over 1997 U.S. Amateur champion Matt Kuchar and two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth.
09:37 a.m. EDT Players beginning to make the turn. Sweden's Henrik Norlander, who helped Augusta State to consecutive NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011, is -1 through 10 holes. His former coach, Josh Gregory, is serving as his caddie. Gregory now is the head men's coach at Southern Methodist University.
09:31 a.m. EDT Another birdie for Brandt Snedeker. The 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion is now -4 and leads by two strokes. He has birdied three of his last four holes. Snedeker owns six PGA Tour wins, but hasn't won a major. His best U.S. Open finish was a tie for eighth in 2010 at Pebble Beach.
09:27 a.m. EDT Three of the top five players on the leaderboard are USGA champions. Jordan Spieth, the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and 2011 USA Walker Cup Team competitors, joins group at -2 with birdie at par-4 13th. Spieth and Tiger Woods are only golfers to have won multiple Junior Amateur titles. He also was the runner-up at this year's Masters.
09:25 a.m. EDT Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand moves to -2 with a birdie on par-5 fifth. He owns six European Tour wins and is competing in his fourth U.S. Open. Brandt Snedeker still leading at -3.
09:11 a.m. EDT Brandt Snedeker, the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, first to -3 with a birdie on No. 7. Snedeker bidding to win first major. He owns six PGA Tour victories.
09:09 a.m. EDT David Toms also reaches -2 to join Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Toms qualified for the U.S. Open at the Memphis, Tenn., sectional.
09:08 a.m. EDT Matt Kuchar joins fellow USGA champions Brandt Snedeker and Matthew Fitzpatrick at -2 with birdie on par-5 fifth. Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur.
08:43 a.m. EDT Two USGA champions top the early leader board at Pinehurst. Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick and 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Brandt Snedeker are 2-under, Snedeker through five holes and Fitzpatrick through three. Fitzpatrick, playing Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, plans to turn professional following the championship.
08:26 a.m. EDT A memorable sight out at Pinehurst this morning: Rickie Fowler is playing is opening round wearing plus-fours, the style of pants famously worn by Payne Stewart.
07:53 a.m. EDT Our marquee group is underway on usopen.com, with Phil Mickelson, Matt Fitzpatrick and defending champin Rose off the 10th tee.
07:35 a.m. EDT A trio of U.S. Open champions are about to get underway on hole No. 1 in Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Webb Simpson (2012). They go off at 7:40 a.m., going off at the same time on No. 10 is another trio of major champions in Angel Cabrera, Zach Johnson and David Toms.
07:19 a.m. EDT Daniel Berger hit the first ball of the U.S. Open, and he's also made the first birdie. A 3 on the par-4 second hole, puts him at -1, and makes him our very early leader.
06:55 a.m. EDT Live streaming on usopen.com gets underway at 7:51 a.m. this morning. Our marquee group featuring defending champion Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Matthew Fitzpatrick will be streaming live, fans can join the conversation about the action on Twitter using #AmexGolf and answer polling questions within the live stream.
06:50 a.m. EDT With play underway, don't forget to follow live scoring at www.usopen.com, as well on the 2014 U.S. Open App, available on Android and iPhone.
06:49 a.m. EDT The 2014 United States Open Championship is officially underway at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2. Daniel Berger, who is competing in his first U.S. Open, hit the first ball off the first tee at 6:45 a.m. Joining him in the opening group off of No. 1 is Brett Stegmaier and amateur Cameron Wilson. Off of No. 10 is Henrik Norlander, Lucas Bjerregaard.
Wednesday, June 11
07:29 p.m. EDT Thanks for following us for the final day of U.S. Open Practice Rounds. Please join us tomorrow for the first round of the 114th U.S. Open Championship. The first tee time is at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Daniel Berger, Brett Stegmaier and amateur Cameron Wilson will tee off on the first hole. Henrik Norlander, Lucas Bjerregaard and Rob Oppenheim will tee off on the 10th hole.
05:58 p.m. EDT One grouping to look out for tomorrow: A trio of Georgia Bulldogs in Chris Kirk, Russell Henley and Brendon Todd. This will be the first time three players with the same alma mater will been grouped together in a U.S. Open since 2009, when Oklahoma State Cowboys Rickie Fowler, Casey Wittenberg and Bo Van Pelt were playing partners during the first two rounds at Bethpage Black.
05:40 p.m. EDT Practice round play has continued at Pinehurst No. 2 after the threat of inclement weather passed. Only a few more hours for U.S. Open competitors to prepare for the championship by playing the Donald Ross layout.
04:42 p.m. EDT Long before the players and fans arrive at Pinehurst No. 2 each day this week, the U.S. Open course care staff has been hard at work preparing the golf course to test the world's best players. Take a closer look at what their days look like with our photo gallery, now on usopen.com.
04:32 p.m. EDT Due to approaching weather patterns, players have been cleared from the the golf course. We'll keep you posted as things develop.
04:08 p.m. EDT Volunteer support is the backbone of USGA championships, and the support for the U.S. Open Championships at Pinehurst has been overwhelming. More than 6,200 volunteers will work the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, with more than 75 percent signed up to work both championships. All 50 states and 12 countries are represented among the volunteer pool. The locals have been tremendous, as 62 percent of the volunteers are in-state and 25 percent are from right here in Moore County.
03:55 p.m. EDT Two players in the U.S. Open field have won North & South Championship titles: defending champion Andrew Dorn and 2010 champion Donald Constable. Five North & South champions have gone on to win the U.S. Open: Corey Pavin, Curtis Strange, Jack Nicklaus, Francis Ouimet and Charles Evans Jr. Hunter Mahan will try and become the first North & South Junior champion to go on to win a U.S. Open.
03:08 p.m. EDT The fan support has been tremendous for this year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. As a result, tickets are sold out for all four championship rounds. Tickets for next week's historic U.S. Women's Open, also to be held here at Pinehurst No. 2, are still available. Visit www.uswomensopen.com for more information and to secure yours.
02:39 p.m. EDT One foursome currently practicing on Pinehurst No. 2: 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, along with reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, Smylie Kaufman and Sam Love. The latter three are at the dawn of their golf careers, as Fitzpatrick plans to turn professional following the championship and Kaufman and Love both turned pro this week. They can surely learn a lot from a playing partner like McDowell.
01:48 p.m. EDT This year's U.S. Open field includes 24 players who made it into the championship after going through both local and sectional qualifying. Two players who took that route to the championship have gone on to win - Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969).
01:12 p.m. EDT World No. 1 Adam Scott, who met with the media earlier today, is getting ready to begin his final practice round. Scott is looking for his U.S. Open breakthrough. His highest finish was a tie for 15th in 2012. His second U.S. Open appearance came at Pinehurst no. 2 in 2005. He was in 10th place at the cutline and 15th after three rounds before finishing in a tie for 28th.
12:42 p.m. EDT Rory McIlroy on the importance of patience at Pinehurst No. 2: "Out of 72 holes, I might go at five pins."
12:29 p.m. EDT Rory McIlroy on Pinehurst No. 2: "I didn't know a lot about Pinehurst ... I think it looks fantastic. I think it's gonna be a course that tests all aspects of our game. It is set up as the ultimate test of golf."
12:26 p.m. EDT Rory McIlroy, 2011 U.S. Open champion, is now meeting with the media.
12:18 p.m. EDT Webb Simpson: "I'm sure if I play well this week, you'll see some tears. I wont cry as much as Bubba Watson, and I mean that in a good way."
12:04 p.m. EDT Webb Simpson, a Raleigh, N.C., native and Wake-Forest University alum: "I love Donald Ross. I love Pinehurst. It's a special week for me, playing a course I love."
11:57 a.m. EDT Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, is scheduled to meet with the media at noon.
11:51 a.m. EDT The USGA launched its "Play 9" program today. Play 9 encourages people with busy schedules to play nine holes. For more information, please visit usga.org/Play9.
11:50 a.m. EDT The USGA's pre-championship press conference has finished.
11:43 a.m. EDT Mike Davis: "We don't talk about what the winning score is going to be. All we can do is set up a golf course that is a good, fair test and let the 156 players play."
11:40 a.m. EDT Mike Davis on Pinehurst No. 2 restoration: "I hope that it's conveyed in such a way that, 'Here's a golf course that really went back to its roots.'"
11:35 a.m. EDT The reduction of water usage is another key element in Pinehurst No. 2's restoration. Mike Davis: "I think there's a message this week: the resources and cost of maintaining golf courses. Less water on a course is a very good thing."
11:34 a.m. EDT Mike Davis: "The putting greens are perfect. They're healthy, they putt beautifully. We couldn't ask for anything better."
11:18 a.m. EDT Daniel B. Burton makes it official that Pinehurst will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
11:16 a.m. EDT More than 2 million rounds of the Virtual U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 have been played so far at usopen.com/en_US/virtual.html
11:10 a.m. EDT USGA President Tom O'Toole Jr.: "It's our great privilege to host the best men and the best women in the world."
11:08 a.m. EDT President Tom O'Toole Jr., Executive Director Mike Davis and Vice President Daniel B. Burton are representing the USGA at this morning's press conference.
10:59 a.m. EDT The USGA's pre-championship news conference is getting ready to start. Stay right here for the latest.
10:44 a.m. EDT The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 has added more sandy areas to the course. What constitutes a sandy area vs. a bunker is a question sure to come up this weekend. The USGA's Rules department has you covered with a series of videos on usopen.com explaining situation such as this and other Rules sure to come into play at Pinehurst.
10:17 a.m. EDT Adam Scott has yet to record a top-10 finish in 12 career U.S. Open starts. He finished tied for 28th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005: "I certainly haven't had the best record at the us open. It's hard to put a finger on it. I think this course sets up well for me. I'm trying to build a game that can compete anywhere."
10:05 a.m. EDT Adam Scott on being back at Pinehurst No. 2 after the Coore-Crenshaw restoration: "I think they've made a great golf course even better. It sort of feels like a golf mecca here."
10:01 a.m. EDT Adam Scott is ready to take questions from the media. Scott, the current World No. 1, is trying to become the 16th player in history to win both the Masters and U.S. Open. Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters) is the most recent player to join that distinguished group.
09:22 a.m. EDT The 156th and final player has registered at Pinehurst for the 2014 U.S. Open, and it will be a week that Kevin Kisner will never forget. Preparing to compete in his first major, Kisner arrived on-site this morning after his wife gave birth to their first child on Monday in Georgia.
08:58 a.m. EDT A lot of action out in the practice area this morning. Fans are lined up to watch Phil Mickelson practice, while world No. 2 Henrik Stenson was chatting and taking photos with some.
08:52 a.m. EDT Masters champion Bubba Watson arrived at Pinehurst as the only player in the field who can win all four majors this year. Having recorded just one top-10 finish in seven U.S. Open starts, he has tweaked his approach for this week and plans to dial back a little bit off the tee in hopes of keeping the "Bubba Slam" alive. Dave Shedloski's Tuesday feature on usopen.com has all the details.
08:32 a.m. EDT On the way to Pinehurst? On the go but want to follow the championship? Download the 2014 U.S. Open Mobile App for iPhone or Android, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
07:34 a.m. EDT 17-year-old U.S. Open competitor Will Grimmer, the youngest player in the field has already had a memorable experience this week, and the championship doesn't even start until Thursday. On Monday, he played his practice round with Rickie Fowler. Tuesday, he played with Kenny Perry, the oldest player in the field (53). Today, he tees it up in a group that includes defending champion Justin Rose.
07:07 a.m. EDT Wednesday is Military Day at Pinehurst. All active military personnel will receive complimentary U.S. Open Trophy Club admission, while their families and all retired military personnel receive Trophy Club admission for $30.
06:56 a.m. EDT Today's pre-championship interview schedule short, but impressive. World No. 1 Adam Scott will meet with the media at 10 a.m. EDT, followed by 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at Noon and 2011 champ Rory McIlroy at 12:30 p.m. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis will conduct the Association's pre-championship News Conference at 11:00 a.m.
06:54 a.m. EDT Good morning from Pinehurst everyone! We're expecting a great final day of U.S. Open practice rounds. We encourage anyone who is heading here today to check out the "Know Before You Go" section of usopen.com, as it contains valuable information for spectators to make the most of their experience.
Tuesday, June 10
07:17 p.m. EDT Thanks for following our live updates today. You can continue to follow us on Twitter @usopengolf for continued championship coverage. See you tomorrow Pinehurst!
06:53 p.m. EDT Out practicing late into the afternoon at Pinehurst: 2007 U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera, "El Pato," who this week will try to win his third major championship. Cabrera, 44, is still a threat whenever he is in the field, having finished runner-up at last year's Masters.
05:50 p.m. EDT Tonight in Tufts Park in the Village at Pinehurst, a tribute to Payne Stewart will be held starting at 7:00. The public is welcome to attend. Peter Jacobsen will host and the evening will include the premiere of "1999 U.S. Open: One Moment In Time," a USGA documentary.
05:48 p.m. EDT Paul Azinger, 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain and 1993 PGA champion, said of Payne Stewart: "When you get really sick, you find out who your real friends are. Payne was there for me. He was my best friend."
05:43 p.m. EDT Chelsea Stewart, upon seeing the Bob Jones Award statuette: "My father would have loved this award, because Bob Jones could rock a pair of knickers just as well as my dad did."
05:09 p.m. EDT 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen, a longtime friend of Payne Stewart's, is serving as emcee for this evening's Bob Jones Award ceremony.
05:08 p.m. EDT Live streaming of the 2014 Bob Jones Award Ceremony is now available at clubhouse.usga.org. You do not have to be a USGA Member to watch.
04:45 p.m. EDT 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up Oliver Goss spent time with a USGA Rules official, John Hopkins, during his practice round. Hopkins explained to Goss how to properly take a stance in the pine needles without committing a Rules violation for building a stance.
04:40 p.m. EDT The crowd is assembling for the 2014 Bob Jones Award Ceremony, which is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. in front of the clubhouse at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
04:10 p.m. EDT Pinehurst Director of Grounds says about the condition of the fairways: "There is not much concern going from week 1 to week 2."
04:01 p.m. EDT Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick is spending a lot of time experimenting with different types of chip and pitch shots around the greens, as are many players. Fitzpatrick, who is grouped with defending champion Justin Rose and reigning British Open champion Phil Mickelson, said the crowds he expects to follow the group will be "insane." In a good way.
03:36 p.m. EDT Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most strategic courses in the U.S., as alluded to by Ben Crenshaw: "The players will have to make good decisions this week."
03:16 p.m. EDT Ben Crenshaw: "It is a stern test and it will be a different test because you have the element of recovery from off the fairway." Bill Coore
03:13 p.m. EDT Bill Coore: "We pretty quickly referred back to photos of Pinehurst from 1935." Pinehurst No. 2 hosted the 1936 PGA Championship, won by Denny Shute.
03:00 p.m. EDT Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the architects who restored Pinehurst No. 2 to its former glory, begin their press conference with this, from Crenshaw: "It's such a landmark course. It represents Donald Ross' design philosophy."
02:49 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson, on what it would mean to win the U.S. Open, and capture all four majors: "I feel like the five players that have done that have separated themselves from the other players throughout all time. It shows that they have a complete game. If I'm able to do that, I would look upon my own career differently, ...in addition to the fact it's our national championship."
02:06 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson discusses his game and Pinehurst: "I feel as good about my game today as I have all year, which doesn't say a lot because I haven't had the best year! ... I do feel heading into this year's Open that it provides me the best opportunity.... It's a career goal of mine to win all four majors
02:00 p.m. EDT Mickelson on Pinehurst No. 2: "This place is awesome!"
01:55 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson is now taking part in his pre-championship press conference. Mickelson is trying to win the U.S. Open this week after finishing as the runner-up for a record sixth time in 2013 at Merion Golf Club. His first runner-up performance in the Open came at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999, when he finished one stroke behind Payne Stewart.
01:46 p.m. EDT Matt Kuchar: "Patience plays a lot in playing at the U.S. Open. Good shots aren't always going to be rewarded and you have to make the most of what that shot's given."
01:34 p.m. EDT Justin Rose is finished meeting with the media. Matt Kuchar, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion, is going to meet with the media shortly.
01:31 p.m. EDT Justin Rose: "The guy who can hit a high, soft iron shot into the green will have the advantage."
01:07 p.m. EDT Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is meeting with the media: "I can't believe it's been a year already. It's been a year a lot of good stuff has happened and I really enjoyed being a U.S. Open champion."
12:53 p.m. EDT Bubba Watson's press conference has ended. Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is scheduled to meet with the media at 1 p.m.
12:45 p.m. EDT Bubba Watson on the difficulty of the U.S. Open setup: "The U.S. Open brings out challenges we only see once a year. If we saw them every week, we'd all find new jobs."
12:41 p.m. EDT More Bubba Watson on Pinehurst No. 2: "I think this U.S. Open will be the toughest we will play, because the greens are so unfriendly."
12:34 p.m. EDT Bubba Watson on potential strategy this weekend: "It's all about the tee shots. I'm going to lay farther back than normal."
12:26 p.m. EDT Bubba Watson is now entering the Interview Room for his pre-championship press conference. Watson, a two-time Masters champion, has historically had less success at the U.S. Open, having made the cut in only four of seven career starts. His best finish came in 2007, when he tied for fifth at Oakmont Country Club.
12:20 p.m. EDT Phil Mickelson is currently playing No. 18. Trailing Payne Stewart by a stroke, Mickelson made par at 18 in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open, but Stewart famously saved par with an 18-foot putt to win the championship and avoid a Monday playoff.
12:05 p.m. EDT Shane Lowry, of Ireland, just finished his practice round. Lowry attracted a loyal throng of fans voicing their Irish pride. There were fans raising the flag of Ireland in support and Lowry tossed his ball to a fan from Dublin.
11:14 a.m. EDT Sticking with the age theme, this year's U.S. Open field includes 13 players who will be 21 years old or younger when play begins on Thursday, and 11 players who will be 45 or older.
10:44 a.m. EDT An interesting practice round is on tap at 1:03 p.m. Kenny Perry, the oldest player in the field, will play with Will Grimmer, the youngest player in the field. Perry, 53, is exempt due to his 2013 U.S. Senior Open victory, while Grimmer, 17, advanced through local and sectional qualifying in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Springfield, Ohio, respectively.
10:31 a.m. EDT More Jason Day on Pinehurst No. 2: "This is a true test of golf. Not only physically, but mentally. If you can mentally stay patient and keep yourself in the fight until it's all over, you have a shot at winning."
10:25 a.m. EDT Jason Day on his approach to Pinehurst No. 2: "I think the biggest thing -- although it sounds easy, it's easier said than done -- is to get to the middle of the greens."
10:19 a.m. EDT Jason Day on his first impressions of Pinehurst No. 2: "I think it's going to be a good challenge for all of us. I'm not too sure what the winning score will be. ... I feel you can't be conservative enough in U.S. Opens."
10:15 a.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Jason Day is currently meeting with the media. Day is in the fourth group to tee off on Thursday morning, at 7:18 a.m. EDT, with Sergio Garcia and Brandt Snedeker.
10:07 a.m. EDT A reminder that the Bob Jones Award ceremony is at 5 p.m. tonight at the front entrance of the Pinehurst Clubhouse, where the late Payne Stewart is this year's honoree. The ceremony is open to the public. The Bob Jones Award, the USGA's highest honor, recognizes individuals who emulate Jones' spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players.
09:46 a.m. EDT Seen during this morning's practice rounds: World No. 1 Adam Scott hitting eight shots out of a bunker on the 15th hole with two different clubs. Practice out of bunkers is important in preparation for any tournament, but with all of the rough that was on Pinehurst No. 2 prior to the Coore-Crenshaw restoration being removed, players will also want to familiarize themselves with the natural sandy areas around the golf course, which leave them with interesting shots and differing options.
09:13 a.m. EDT A good chance there's a little more than just U.S. Open preparation going on in today's practice round group that went off the first tee at 8:02: A foursome that includes former Georgia Bulldogs Harris English and Hudson Swafford with Cory Whitsett and Robby Shelton, both members of the 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide squad that won the NCAA national title. A classic SEC battle taking place on the grounds at Pinehurst.
09:10 a.m. EDT Juniors who come out to the U.S. Open will have the chance to test their putting skills all week long on the Thistle Du putting course. Open to all fans 18 and under.
08:39 a.m. EDT A quartet of major champions makes up another group that is about to get started with their practice rounds: Stewart Cink (2009 British Open), Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open), Zach Johnson (2007 Masters), and Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open).
08:37 a.m. EDT Quite a group practicing together this morning: Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. In and of itself, the group includes two USGA champions (Mickelson and Spieth) and four past USA Walker Cup Team members.
07:54 a.m. EDT 74 players in the U.S. Open field were fully exempt into the championship. The other 82 went through at least one stage of qualifying. Competitors who have made it into the field via qualifying have seen plenty of success through the years, since 1996, three U.S. Open champions made it into the field in that fashion, most recently Lucas Glover in 2009.
07:44 a.m. EDT If you're looking for a good trivia question pertaining to this year's U.S. Open: There are two players in the field who have won three NCAA individual titles. One is Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992). The second one? Qualifier Chad Collins. The Methodist College alum won the Division III individual title in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Collins is making his second U.S. Open start, and first since 2006.
07:17 a.m. EDT There will be a number of big names in the Interview Room today for pre-championship press conferences, with two-time U.S. Open runner-up Jason Day to kick things off at 10 a.m. EDT. Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson w ill be next at 12:30 p.m., followed by defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at 1 p.m., Matt Kuchar at 1:30 p.m. and Phil Mickelson at 2:00 p.m.
06:57 a.m. EDT A trio of big names have checked in bright and early and Pinehurst this morning. World No. 1 Adam Scott is now on-site, he was joined in the registration area by five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and former world No. 1 Luke Donald.
06:52 a.m. EDT Good morning from Pinehurst. We're ready for our second day of practice rounds in preparation for the 2014 U.S. Open! We're expecting a day of sun and warm weather- if you're headed here, be sure to check out the "Know Before You Go" section of usopen.com to make the most of your experience. We'll have updates on the action around Pinehurst No. 2 all day
Monday, June 9
09:13 p.m. EDT Thanks for following us today during the first day of 2014 U.S. Open practice rounds at Pinehurst No. 2. We'll be back Tuesday morning
06:40 p.m. EDT For those planning to be in Pinehurst on Tuesday, be sure to check out the U.S. Open Experience in Tufts Park. The U.S. Open Experience features daily events that try to capture the local flavor of Pinehurst. Events run every night through the U.S. Women's Open. Tuesday night is A Tribute to Payne Stewart, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and starting with the showing of the closing holes of the 1999 U.S. Open and finishing with the documentary film "One Moment In Time," about Stewart.
05:55 p.m. EDT Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, has registered for the 2014 U.S. Open. Simpson shot a 1-over-par 281 two years ago at The Olympic Club to edge Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell by one stroke.
05:17 p.m. EDT Speaking of former USGA championships at Pinehurst No. 2, this year's U.S. Open field includes five players from the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship: Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Scott Langley, Patrick Reed and Kevin Tway.
04:57 p.m. EDT Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of 32 players in the field who also played in the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and one of only 14 in the field to play in the 1999 Open.
04:25 p.m. EDT "The Most Interesting Man in Golf" has arrived at Pinehurst, as Miguel Angel Jimenez has registered on-site. Jimenez, 50, finished fourth at the Masters, and is trying to become the oldest U.S. Open champion in history. Hale Irwin was 45 when he won at Medinah Country Club in 1990.
04:19 p.m. EDT Cary, N.C., native Brendon Todd on Pinehurst: "It's a great area with a lot of history, and obviously No. 2 has been the diamond of the gems down here."
04:13 p.m. EDT North Carolina native Brendon Todd is meeting with the media for the final press conference of the day. Todd, of Cary, N.C., is a local legend. He captured three Class 4A high school championships at Green Hope High, about an hour northeast of Pinehurst. Todd then helped lead the University of Georgia to the 2005 Division I national championship. A four-time All-American, this is Todd's first appearance in a major, though he did win the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May.
04:06 p.m. EDT David Gossett is playing in his first U.S. Open since 2000, and his first as a professional. In the interim, he has won one PGA Tour event (2001 John Deere Classic), and has spent time on both the PGA and Web.com Tours. "It's been a roller coaster, i've played poorly and gotten my wires crossed. I just feel really good about what i'm doing, I never got to the point where I was going to quit."
03:42 p.m. EDT Jordan Spieth shared his thoughts on Pinehurst during his pre-championship interview this afternoon: "It's an incredible place. I really enjoy cities or towns that are around golf and it's really cool. The golf course, itself, is incredible. I love the waste areas to the side. I've never played anything like it. And it's already, right now, with the pins in the middle of the greens, hard enough for even par to win."
03:30 p.m. EDT David Gossett is meeting with the media. Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion, took a winding path to Pinehurst. Gossett was an alternate for the Austin, Texas, local qualifier. After a spot opened, Gossett took advantage with an 8-under 135 at the Memphis, Tenn., sectional qualifier to earn his second trip to the U.S. Open in 14 years.
03:07 p.m. EDT Jordan Spieth has finished his practice round and is now meeting with the media. Spieth is one of four U.S. Junior Amateur champions in the field at Pinehurst and the only multi-time winner (2009, 2011). Spieth is looking to join Tiger Woods as the only player to win multiple Junior Amateurs and a U.S. Open. Woods won the Junior Amateur three times in a row from 1991-93.
02:43 p.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Jason Day has started his practice round. Day will be looking to break into the win column this weekend after finishing two strokes behind Justin Rose last year at Merion Golf Club. Day also finished second behind Rory McIlroy at Congressional Country Club in 2011.
02:11 p.m. EDT Now starting his practice round: Amateur Will Grimmer. He knows Pinehurst Resort & Country Club well, as the 17-year-old fired a 59 on the No. 1 Course last year during the North & South Junior Championship. This will be his first time playing No. 2, and he can count Rickie Fowler as one of his playing partners.
01:58 p.m. EDT It was nice of three former Texas Longhorns -- Jordan Spieth, Justin Leonard and Cody Gribble -- to invite Fresno State alum Kevin Sutherland to play in their practice round grouping today.
01:42 p.m. EDT Three of the four U.S. Amateur semifinalists from 2013 are competing in the 2014 U.S. Open. The 2013 champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and runner-up Oliver Goss were exempt. Goss's fellow Australian, Brady Watt, advanced through sectional qualifying in Memphis, Tenn. The fourth semifinalist, Corey Conners of Canada, nearly made it as well. He fell three strokes short in sectional qualifying in Purchase, N.Y.
01:12 p.m. EDT Two first-time U.S. Open participants, Maverick McNealy and Brandon McIver, played a practice round this morning with Jim Furyk. The 2003 champion, who is making his 20th U.S. Open appearance, was able to give the two amateurs valuable advice about playing in this championship.
01:07 p.m. EDT Matt Dobyns, who secured a spot in the U.S. Open at the Purchase, N.Y., sectional qualifier, is the only PGA club professional to make this year's field.
12:50 p.m. EDT 2014 marks the final time the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be played. Two players who won that championship are in this year's U.S. Open field: Ryan Moore (2002, '04) and Brandt Snedeker (2003). Jason Dufner was the runner-up in the 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
12:39 p.m. EDT Billy Hurley, the U.S. Naval Academy graduate who advanced to the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying in Rockville, Md., turns 32 today. Other U.S. Open competitors who will celebrate birthdays this week are 2006 champion Geoff Ogilvy, who turns 37 on Wednesday, and Justin Leonard, who turns 42 on Sunday. Phil Mickelson turns 44 on Monday, the day an 18-hole playoff would be held in the event of a tie after 72 holes.
12:32 p.m. EDT Curtis Strange is the last player to win consecutive U.S. Open titles, in 1988 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and 1989 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Justin Rose, who won last year at Merion, will try to equal the feat.
12:31 p.m. EDT USGA Members attending the 2014 U.S. Open Championships at Pinehurst No. 2 are encouraged to visit the USGA Member Clubhouse, located in Putter Boy Plaza near the main entry gate. Members have access to featured speaker events, guided tours and special gifts.
12:03 p.m. EDT Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the five men who have won all four of golf's current major championships. Phil Mickelson, who won the 2013 British Open and has six runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open, is trying this year to add his name to that elite list.
11:41 a.m. EDT Rickie Fowler arrived this morning and officially registered for the 2014 U.S. Open. The USGA was fortunate enough to spend some time with the two-time Walker Cup Team member last week in Memphis, and U.S. Open viewers will be hearing more from Rickie later this week.
11:20 a.m. EDT Golfers aged 18 and younger are getting a nice bonus over the next two weeks of back-to-back championships: the ability to putt on Pinehurst's landmark Thistle Dhu putting green. The First Tee of the Sandhills is providing clubs and balls.
11:18 a.m. EDT Now that the concession areas have begun to serve the massive galleries expected this week at Pinehurst, it's safe to say that the first of 100,000 Nathan's Famous hot dogs has been consumed.
10:47 a.m. EDT The addition of Cameron Wilson and Brandon McIver to this year's field brings the number of amateurs competing in the 2014 U.S. Open to 12, two more than last year at Merion.
10:11 a.m. EDT Reigning Players champion Martin Kaymer was first out this morning in a practice round with two fellow Germans: Marcel Siem, who is playing in his third U.S. Open, and 23-year-old professional Maximillian Kieffer, who is making his U.S. Open debut.
10:03 a.m. EDT It's getting busy at Player Registration this morning, as more and more of the field has arrived to begin their on-site preparations for the championship. Among the players to register this morning are U.S. Open champions Jim Furyk (2003), Angel Cabrera (2007) and Lucas Glover (2009), as well as eight-time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson.
09:57 a.m. EDT We'll see a number of new faces in the field this week. 54 players will be making their U.S. Open debuts at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, up from 43 at Merion Golf club in 2013.
09:52 a.m. EDT At its maximum length, Pinehurst No. 2 will measure 7,562 yards this week. It was a maximum of 7,214 yards the last time the U.S. Open was conducted here in 2005, and measured 7,175 yards in 1999.
09:11 a.m. EDT Some notable practice round groupings today: Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson with Aaron Baddeley and David Gossett, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Leonard, both U.S. Amateur champions, are joined by fellow Texas Longhorn Cody Gribble and Kevin Sutherland. Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke are slated to play together this afternoon.
08:37 a.m. EDT Five players have been added to the U.S. Open field, which now fills all 156 spots in the championship. Kevin Na and Bernd Wiesberger have received exemptions for moving into the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings, while alternates Craig Barlow, Brandon McIver and Cameron Wilson were offered and accepted the final three spots at Pinehurst.
08:18 a.m. EDT Four press conferences are scheduled for Monday, with two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange slated to kick things off at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Strange is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his second consecutive U.S. Open victory (1989), and also won the North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Jordan Spieth (3:00 p.m.), David Gossett (3:30) and Brendon Todd (4:00) are scheduled to follow him.
08:16 a.m. EDT Henrik Norlander was the first player to register on-site for this year's championship on Sunday. Other players who registered on Sunday include two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. 2003 U.S. open champion Jim Furyk registered early this morning.
07:46 a.m. EDT This year's U.S. Open will be third staged at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2. Payne Stewart won the first in 1999 with a memorable 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole, while Michael Campbell fired a final round 69 in 2005 to win the championship by two strokes over Tiger Woods.
07:25 a.m. EDT We're expecting a high of 88 degrees today with increasing amounts of sunshine as it gets closer to Noon EDT. Heading out to Pinehurst today? Be sure to check out the Know Before You Go section of usopen.com for comprehensive spectator information.
07:13 a.m. EDT U.S. Open Week is underway at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina! Players are on the golf course for the first day of official practice rounds. We'll have live updates here all week long as 156 competitors vie to add their names to the U.S. Open Trophy.
Tuesday, June 3
00:39 a.m. EDT Thank you for following along during U.S. Open sectional qualifying. We'll be back with live updates beginning Monday, June 9 from Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
00:14 a.m. EDT A total of three USGA champions earned spots in the U.S. Open via Monday's U.S. Open: Justin Leonard (1992 U.S. Amateur), David Gossett (1999 U.S. Amateur) and Cory Whitsett (2007 U.S. Junior Amateur). Leonard (1997 British Open) and David Toms (2001 PGA Championship) represent the major champions who qualified on Monday.
Monday, June 2
10:30 p.m. EDT One of the impressive runs to earn a U.S. Open spot today came from Billy Hurley III at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Hurley, who served for five years in the U.S. Navy, birdied three of his last four holes of the day to get inside the cut line by two strokes. Hurley's trip to Pinehurst will mark his first U.S. Open appearance.
09:50 p.m. EDT Interesting note from Columbus: Justin Thomas, who shared medalist honors with Justin Leonard and Seung Yul-Noh, bogeyed the last two holes at Brookside Country Club last year to miss out on a U.S. Open spot. He made par on both this year to avoid any such similar outcome.
09:39 p.m. EDT In Memphis, Brady Watt and Hunter Stewart have earned U.S. Open spots in the 5-for-2 playoff, Watt with a 4 on the the first playoff hole, Stewart with a 3 on the second. Scott Langley will be the first alternate, Sam Love the second. Sebastian Cappelen is out after making 6 on the first playoff hole. Both Watt and Stewart will make their first U.S. Open appearance.
09:24 p.m. EDT Pending official results, all five U.S. Open spots in Daly City, Calif. will be awarded without the necessity of a playoff. Alex Cejka, who finished tied for eighth at Pebble Beach in 2010, will be headed to his sixth U.S. Open, earning medalist honors with rounds of 67-65. He'll be joined at Pinehurst by Steven Alker, amateur Maverick McNealy, Kevin Sutherland, and another amateur in Brian Campbell. Sutherland recently received a special exemption into July's U.S. Senior Open.
09:07 p.m. EDT Former BYU standout Zac Blair, already comfortably in first place at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., adds an exclamation point to his performance, holing out from about 40 yards on the final hole to finish at 7-under 137, four strokes in front of PGA Tour Canada's Clayton Rask, who will earn the second and final U.S. Open spot from the site, pending official results.
09:05 p.m. EDT Eric Compton has earned the 16th and final U.S. Open spot from Columbus, Ohio with a six-foot par putt on the second playoff hole. Putnam and Tringale will now play off for the first and second alternate spots.
08:45 p.m. EDT In the 5-for-3 playoff in Columbus, Ryan Blaum drained a 30-foot putt for birdie, while Ken Duke hit his approach to two feet and then converted for a birdie. Both earn U.S. Open spots. Now 3-for-1 between Putnam, Tringale and Compton.
08:41 p.m. EDT We're in a 5-for-2 playoff in Memphis between Sebastian Cappelen, Scott Langley, Brady Watt, Hunter Stewart and Sam Love. Langley made the cut last year at Merion, while Watt was a 2013 U.S. Amateur semifinalist.
08:21 p.m. EDT Playoffs are in full force this time of day during U.S. Open sectional qualifying. In Columbus, there is a 5-for-3 playoff between Eric Compton, Ken Duke, Michael Putnam, Cameron Tringale and Ryan Blaum, taking place at Brookside Country Club. Korea's Seung Yul Noh, just weeks removed from his first PGA Tour win, shares medalist honors with Justin Thomas and Justin Leonard.
08:12 p.m. EDT With the first alternate spot on the line, plenty of impressive golf and high drama between a pair of NCAA champions in Cameron Wilson and Jamie Lovemark. Wilson made a 30-foot putt for birdie on the fifth playoff hole, only to see Lovemark match him from the back fringe, 15 feet from the hole. Wilson would then birdie the sixth playoff hole to earn first alternate status.
08:07 p.m. EDT A 2-for-1 playoff is currently in progress at Lakeside Country Club in Houston between Anthony Broussard and William Kropp for the third and final U.S. Open spot to be awarded at that site. Both posted 36-hole scores of 139 (-5). with Cory Whitsett (-12) and Bobby Gates (-7) having earned spots in the championship.
07:16 p.m. EDT Two U.S. Amateur champions have appeared to lock up spots in the U.S. Open. Justin Leonard (1992) shot rounds of 69-68 in Columbus to post 5-under and is currently tied for fourth, with 16 spots in the championship up for grabs. At Colonial Country Club in Memphis, 1999 champion David Gossett fired rounds of 66-69 to post 8-under and is tied for second, with 13 spots on the line. It would be the 17th U.S. Open appearance for Leonard, and second for Gossett.
07:08 p.m. EDT It continues to be a great week for the University of Alabama men's golf team. Just days after winning their second straight NCAA national title, Cory Whitsett is the clubhouse leader at Lakeside Country Club in Houston after carding a pair of 66s at his home. At -12, he is all but assured a U.S. Open spot. At Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Crimson Tide teammate Robby Shelton is looking to be in good shape as well, as he is 3-under with 7 holes to play and is closing in on a spot at Pinehurst.
06:58 p.m. EDT In Columbus, Rod Pampling is recovering from a slow start to U.S. Open sectional qualifying, and is 7-under through 14 holes in Round 2 at Brookside Country Club, bogey-free with five birdies and an eagle. He's currently 4-under overall and in a tie for eighth place, with 16 spots available. He has appeared in seven U.S. Opens, most recently in 2012.
06:39 p.m. EDT Pending official results, four players have earned their first spots in the U.S. Open, out of Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla.: Daniel Berger, Nicholas Lindheim, Andres Echavarria and Aron Price. Berger is the medalist with a score of 10-under (66-68).
06:14 p.m. EDT At Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., University of Oregon golfer Brandon McIver is currently in second place with two U.S. Open spots on the line. McIver is enjoying some home cooking, as Emerald Valley is the home course for the University of Oregon Ducks men's golf team.
05:40 p.m. EDT Pending official results, Brian Stuard will finish as the medalist at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio for the second straight year, with rounds of 64-65 (-11). He's six shots clear of 17-year-old Will Grimmer, who, with rounds of 70-65, would make his first appearance in the U.S. Open.
05:30 p.m. EDT It's going to be an exciting finish in Columbus, Ohio, with 16 spots on the line and 23 players at 2-under or better. Paul Casey and Danny Lee (-7) are currently tied at the top with 1997 British Open champion and 1992 U.S. Amateur champion Justin Leonard (-4) in sixth place on his own. Included at -2 are 2013 USA Walker Cup Team member Michael Kim, 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman and PGA Tour winner Pat Perez.
05:27 p.m. EDT Details from Purchase, N.Y.: Jim Renner was able to secure a U.S. Open spot on his 36th hole of the day by hitting a 240-yard shot to within four feet of the hole on No. 18 at Old Oaks Country Club and then convert the eagle putt. He'll make his first appearance in a U.S. Open.
05:05 p.m. EDT The picture is looking pretty clear at sectional qualifying in Purchase, N.Y. with four U.S. Open spots on the line. Fran Quinn and Rob Oppenheim (-3) are both in the clubhouse, four shots ahead of fifth place, while Jim Renner (-2) has also completed 36 holes and 2012 PGA Professional National Championship winner Matthew Dobyns is -1 with two holes to play.
04:41 p.m. EDT Houston: Bobby Gates and Cory Whitsett are playing partners and are playing terrific golf. Gates, who tied for 40th at the 2010 U.S. Open, shot a 6-under 30 on the inward nine to Whitsett’s 32. Whitsett is 11-under overall and Gates is 8-under to put them at the top of leader board. The site has 58 players competing for 3 spots.
04:35 p.m. EDT One player to keep an eye on this afternoon in Memphis: 2001 British Open champion David Duval. The 2009 U.S. Open runner-up opened with a 3-under 68 on the North Course at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., just one shot off the pace for a championship spot. 145 players for 13 spots at this site.
04:10 p.m. EDT Note from Quail Valley Golf Club (Vero Beach, Fla.): The siblings of two players who will be competing at Pinehurst No. 2 later this month are competing in qualifying there- Curtis Thompson, the brother of four-time LPGA Tour winner Lexi Thompson, who will be in the field at the U.S. Women's Open, and Chase Koepka, brother of Brooks Koepka, who qualified for the U.S. Open at Walton Heath Golf Club in England on May 26.
03:46 p.m. EDT In Daly City, Calif., (110 players, 5 spots) two players who have successfully navigated U.S. Open sectional qualifying in the past have put themselves in good position as the afternoon begins. Derek Tolan, who competed in the U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in 2002 as a 16-year-old, is currently tied for third after a morning 68 (-4) at Lake Merced GC. Meanwhile, amateur Cory McElyea, who competed at Merion in 2013, is 3-under after a 68 at The Olympic Club's Ocean Course.
03:30 p.m. EDT It's been an impressive day so far for Web.com pro Nicholas Lindheim, who currently leads in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Lindheim has made 11 birdies in his first 29 holes, and at 8-under is currently seven strokes better than the current cut line of -1. There are 55 players at Quail Valley competing for four spots.
03:17 p.m. EDT An amateur hasn't won the U.S. Open since 1933, but their presence is often felt during qualifying. Currently at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., four of the top five players on the leader board are amateurs, including co-leader Smylie Kaufman (-4), who just completed his collegiate career at Louisiana State University. He is tied with Kenrik Norlander. 31 players in the field for 2 spots in the championship.
02:46 p.m. EDT 18-hole scores are starting to come in from sectional qualifying in Daly City, Calif., which is being held at Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club's Ocean Course. Veteran pro Alex Cejka (Lake Merced) and amateur Sam Saunders (Olympic) are both -5 with a few holes to play in their morning rounds. Lake Merced has hosted two USGA championships, most recently the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior, and was the site of the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The Olympic Club's Ocean Course has served as the companion course during the 1981 and 2007 U.S. Amateurs. 110 players for five spots.
02:20 p.m. EDT A handful of USGA champions are playing well and are in contention for U.S. Open spots: Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen are currently tied for sixth in Purchase, N.Y. (4 spots available), 2008 U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee and 1992 U.S. Amateur champion Justin Leonard are both in the top-10 in Columbus, Ohio (16 spots), Cory Whitsett currently leads in Houston, Texas (3 spots), 1999 U.S. Amateur champ David Gossett is tied for third in Memphis, Tenn. (3 spots) and two-time USGA champion Billy Mayfair is tied for fourth in Springfield, Ohio.
01:51 p.m. EDT Casey Wittenberg fired a 62 (-9) at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn. and currently has the lowest 18-hole score on the day among all 10 U.S. Open sectional qualifying sites. Wittenberg has played in six U.S. Opens, including the last two, and finished tied for 10th in 2012. Not far behind Wittenberg in Memphis is Jeff Maggert, who has posted a morning round of 63 (-8).
01:21 p.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen is making a serious play for a spot in the field at Pinehurst No. 2. After opening with a 71 (E) at Century Country Club, he is -1 through two holes of his second round at Old Oaks Country Club and is currently in a tie for second. There are four spots available at the Purchase, N.Y. qualifying site.
01:17 p.m. EDT The low 18 hole scores posted so far: Jeff Maggert (playing in Memphis, Tenn.): 63 (-8), Brian Stuard (Springfield, Ohio): 64 (-6), Rob Oppenheim (Purchase, N.Y.): 64 (-6).
12:53 p.m. EDT An amateur with a familiar name and caddie has posted the low 18 hole score thus far at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Taylor Funk, a freshman on the University of Texas golf team, fired a 4-under 68 this morning, with his dad, 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk, on his bag.
12:51 p.m. EDT Cody Paladino had a rough start to his U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Purchase, N.Y., carding a 44 on his outward nine, but will have a nice memory from his round, as he aced the 7th hole at Old Oaks Country Club, his 16th hole of the day.
12:02 p.m. EDT Web.com Tour player Rob Oppenheim has posted a 64 (-6) in his first round of U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Purchase, N.Y. He posted six birdies against zero bogeys at Old Oaks Country Club. The 2002 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year will play his afternoon round at Century Country Club. The score is the lowest that has been posted at either course by five strokes so far today.
11:18 a.m. EDT Due to its proximity to Muirfield Village, site of this past week's PGA Tour event, The Memorial, a number of Tour players are in the field competing for one of the 16 U.S. Open spots available. It's showing early on, with names such as Will Mackenzie, Pat Perez, Ken Duke, Derek Ernst, Kevin Chappell and Stuart Appleby currently in the top-10.
11:01 a.m. EDT Jeff Maggert, who recently turned 50 and has already won on the Champions Tour, has come out of the gates quickly in his U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, firing a 6-under 29 on the outward nine to start his round. The three-time PGA Tour winner has played in 15 U.S. Opens, and has recorded four top-4 finishes, most recently finishing third in 2004, but hasn't been in the field since 2005.
10:29 a.m. EDT Every year, there are stories of players traveling from all over the globe within a very short window to make it to their U.S. Open sectional qualifier. This year, Dylan Frattelli has one. The pro, who was a teammate of Jordan Spieth's on the University of Texas' 2012 NCAA Men's National Championship squad, flew from Johannesburg, South Africa, and had a layover in London before making it to Houston for today's qualifier at Lakeside Country Club. Total flying time: approximately 20 hours.
09:45 a.m. EDT In Columbus, Ohio, all groups have teed off for their opening 18 holes of qualifying. 18 players withdrew from the field prior to beginning play, including three-time major champion Vijay Singh and PGA Tour winner Kyle Stanley.
09:36 a.m. EDT Kevin Na, the runner-up in The Memorial on Sunday after falling in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama, has withdrawn from sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio. Na's performance this past week elevated him to No. 40 in the Official World Golf Ranking. All players ranked in the top 60 in the OWGR on June 9 who were not previously exempt will earn spots in the U.S. Open field.
08:28 a.m. EDT Play began at the U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, following a one hour weather delay. The first group off the first tee at Brookside Golf & Country Club includes Michael Kim and Todd White, teammates on the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, and Ken Duke, who in 2013 became a first-time PGA Tour winner at the age of 44.
08:21 a.m. EDT The odds may seem long, but players who earn their way into the U.S. Open field via sectional qualifying have gone on to win the championship throughout its history, most recently Lucas Glover in 2009. Michael Campbell, the champion the last time the U.S. Open was held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in 2005, also earned his way into the field that year via qualifying.
07:30 a.m. EDT Sectional qualifying has begun at sites around the country, with a total of 10 qualifiers being conducted today. The number of spots available at each site are as follows: Daly City, Calif.: 110 players for 5 spots Vero Beach, Fla.: 55 for 4 Roswell, Ga.: 31 for 2 Rockville, Md.: 59 for 4 Purchase, N.Y.: 80 for 4 Columbus, Ohio: 120 for 16 Springfield, Ohio: 63 for 3 Creswell, Ore: 50 for 2 Memphis, Tenn.: 145 for 13 Houston, Texas: 56 for 3