U.S. Open 2014 leaderboard: Martin Kaymer shoots lowest Open round ever at Pinehurst

Mike Ehrmann

A very strong back nine has Martin Kaymer in the lead at Pinehurst.

The top of the U.S. Open leaderboard was a crowded place for much of Thursday, but Martin Kaymer changed that with a late-afternoon run into the lead. Kaymer turned in the round of the day and leads by three strokes after carding a 5-under, 65.

Kaymer, the Players Championship winner, made the turn at 1-under before going on a very strong run on his second nine. He birdied No. 10 to move into a share of the lead. He took sole possession of the lead with a birdie on No. 14 and extended his lead with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17. The late run was impressive when you consider he was doing it while playing on some of the hardest holes on the course. No. 16 is playing as the sixth-hardest hole, with Kaymer's birdie just one of 17 made all day. Kaymer dropped just a single shot all day, a bogey on No. 7. He capped the round by rolling in a lengthy putt to save par on No. 18. The 65 was the lowest round ever carded during a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Keegan Bradley -- who played in the same group as Kaymer -- didn't go quite as low, but did finish the day in the red. Bradley shot a 1-under 69 and is tied for sixth place. Bradley is one of several notable names under par, including Harris English, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Henrik Stenson at 1-under. Bubba Watson was never able to find much success in his round, finishing with a 6-over 76. He'll open Friday with work to do to make the cut which is currently 3-over.

Here is a full look at the leaderboard. You can find a live leaderboard at USOpen.com.

Place

Player

Score

Thru

1

Martin Kaymer

-5

F

T2

Kevin Na

-2

F

T2

Graeme McDowell

-2

F

T2

Brendon de Jonge

-2

F

T2

Fran Quinn

-2

14

T6

Brandt Snedeker

-1

F

T6

Matt Kuchar

-1

F

T6

Henrik Stenson

-1

F

T6

Brendon Todd

-1

F

T6

Jordan Spieth

-1

F

T6

Hideki Matsuyama

-1

F

T6

Dustin Johnson

-1

F

T6

Harris English

-1

F

T6

Keegan Bradley

-1

F

T6

Francesco Molinari

-1

17

T16

Henrik Norlander

E

F

T16

Lucas Bjerregaard

E

F

T16

Marcel Siem

E

F

T16

Phil Mickelson

E

F

T16

Ian Poulter

E

F

T16

Russell Henley

E

F

T16

Joost Luiten

E

F

T16

Rickie Fowler

E

F

T16

Aaron Baddeley

E

F

T16

Mark Wilson

E

F

T16

Brooks Koepka

E

F

T16

Victor Dubuisson

E

F

T16

Steve Stricker

E

F

T16

Jimmy Walker

E

F

T16

Charl Schwartzel

E

F

T16

Paul Casey

E

F

T16

J.B. Holmes

E

17

T16

Jamie Donaldson

E

17

T16

Seung-yul Noh

E

16

T16

Danny Willett

E

15

T16

Kevin Tway

E

14

T16

Zac Blair

E

14

T38

Pablo Larrazabal

1

F

T38

Patrick Reed

1

F

T38

Boo Weekley

1

F

T38

Webb Simpson

1

F

T38

Zach Johnson

1

F

T38

Rory McIlroy

1

F

T38

Matthew Fitzpatrick

1

F

T38

Chris Kirk

1

F

T38

Billy Hurley III

1

F

T38

Oliver Goss

1

F

T38

Garth Mulroy

1

F

T38

John Senden

1

F

T38

Louis Oosthuizen

1

F

T38

Gary Woodland

1

17

T38

Bernd Wiesberger

1

16

T38

Rod Pampling

1

16

T54

Jason Dufner

2

F

T54

Daniel Berger

2

F

T54

Scott Langley

2

F

T54

Erik Compton

2

F

T54

Miguel Jimenez

2

F

T54

Justin Rose

2

F

T54

Nicholas Lindheim

2

F

T54

Graeme Storm

2

F

T54

Nicolas Colsaerts

2

F

T54

Bill Haas

2

F

T54

Stewart Cink

2

F

T54

Toru Taniguchi

2

16

T54

Bo Van Pelt

2

16

T54

Azuma Yano

2

15

T54

Simon Griffiths

2

14

T54

Cody Gribble

2

13

T70

Retief Goosen

3

17

T70

Jason Day

3

F

T70

Sergio Garcia

3

F

T70

Stephen Gallacher

3

F

T70

David Toms

3

F

T70

Thongchai Jaidee

3

F

T70

Jeff Maggert

3

F

T70

Shiv Kapur

3

F

T70

Smylie Kaufman

3

F

T70

Clayton Rask

3

F

T70

Alex Cejka

3

F

T70

Joe Ogilvie

3

F

T70

Jim Furyk

3

F

T70

Shane Lowry

3

F

T70

Adam Scott

3

F

T70

Hyung-Sung Kim

3

16

T70

Ryan Blaum

3

15

T70

Jim Renner

3

15

T70

Christopher Doak

3

15

T89

Chad Collins

4

F

T89

Kyoung-Hoon Lee

4

F

T89

Roberto Castro

4

F

T89

Matt Jones

4

F

T89

Angel Cabrera

4

F

T89

Kenny Perry

4

F

T89

Craig Barlow

4

F

T89

WC Liang

4

F

T89

Matt Dobyns

4

F

T89

Maverick McNealy

4

F

T89

Casey Wittenberg

4

F

T89

Andres Echavarria

4

F

T89

Oliver Fisher

4

F

T89

Graham Delaet

4

17

T89

Ernie Els

4

F

T89

Geoff Ogilvy

4

17

T89

Hunter Mahan

4

17

T89

Sam Love

4

14

T89

Hunter Stewart

4

14

T108

Rob Oppenheim

5

F

T108

Brian Stuard

5

F

T108

Kevin Kisner

5

F

T108

Andrea Pavan

5

F

T108

Lee Westwood

5

F

T108

Billy Horschel

5

F

T108

Kevin Sutherland

5

F

T108

Justin Thomas

5

F

T108

David Oh

5

F

T108

Ken Duke

5

F

T108

Y.E. Yang

5

F

T108

Justin Leonard

5

F

T108

Darren Clarke

5

F

T108

Ryan Palmer

5

15

T108

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

5

16

T108

Luke Guthrie

5

15

T108

Kevin Streelman

5

16

T125

David Gossett

6

15

T125

Matt Every

6

F

T125

Ryan Moore

6

F

T125

Nick Watney

6

F

T125

Maximilian Kieffer

6

F

T125

Brian Campbell

6

F

T125

Steven Alker

6

F

T125

Hudson Swafford

6

F

T125

Niclas Fasth

6

F

T125

Bubba Watson

6

F

T125

Chris Thompson

6

13

T136

Brett Stegmaier

7

F

T136

D.A. Points

7

F

T136

Jonas Blixt

7

F

T136

Brady Watt

7

F

T136

Will Grimmer

7

F

T136

Kevin Stadler

7

F

T136

Luke Donald

7

F

T136

Cory Whitsett

7

15

T144

Cameron Wilson

8

F

T144

Aron Price

8

F

T144

Robby Shelton

8

F

T144

Nick Mason

8

F

T144

Anthony Broussard

8

F

T144

Lucas Glover

8

17

T144

Donald Constable

8

14

T144

Andrew Dorn

8

13

T152

Robert Allenby

9

F

T152

Tom Lewis

9

F

T152

Bobby Gates

9

F

155

Kiyoshi Miyazato

11

F

156

Brandon McIver

12

F

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