U.S. Open 2014 scores and results: Martin Kaymer goes low, captures 1st round lead

Streeter Lecka

Much of the field struggled to find red numbers at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday. Martin Kaymer had no such issues on his way to a record-setting first round.

For most of the day, Pinehurst No. 2 was the star of the first round of the U.S. Open. That was before Martin Kaymer made the turn and proceeded to blister the back nine on his way to a 5-under round of 65. Not only was that good enough to give him the first round lead, but it was the best round ever carded in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

The 29-year-old Kaymer has been in much better form this year after going through a low swell while making swing changes. He won the Players Championship last month, a victory he said was much-needed for his confidence. He carried that form to Pinehurst where he was solid tee-to-green on a very challenging course. Par is often a good score in a U.S. Open and Kaymer did very well to eliminate dropped shots with just one bogey. He did it by being accurate off the tee, hitting 13 of 14 fairways which allowed him to avoid many of the troublesome waste areas. He wasn't great with his irons, hitting just 11 of 18 greens in regulation, making his 65 even more impressive. When he did hit greens, he took advantage, rolling in six birdies. That was especially true on the back nine where he carded four birdies, including three on his final five holes. The late run allowed him to move into sole possession of the lead and distance himself some from the field. At 5-under, he leads by three strokes.

While birdies were possible, they weren't plentiful. That made avoiding issue almost more important than carding red numbers. Brandt Snedeker is a prime example of that. Snedeker notched six birdies on the day, tying Kaymer for the most of any player. Unlike Kaymer, however, Snedeker struggled to avoid dropped shots. He finished the day with three bogeys and a double bogey to drop him to 1-under and four off the lead.

Kaymer was able to gain some separation late in the round, but for the most part, the field remains very tightly clustered. More than half the field -- 87 players -- are 3-under or better through the first round. At one point late in the round, more than 70 players were within four strokes of the lead. A total of 15 players managed under-par rounds on Thursday, including Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champion held at least a share of the lead for much of the round after he carded a 2-under 68. McDowell was very steady, finishing with a birdie, an eagle, a bogey and 15 pars.

Phil Mickelson is five strokes off the lead after carding an up-and-down round of 70. He traded birdies and bogeys for most of the day, never dropping below 1-under or above 1-over. He hit the ball well, including 13 or 18 greens in regulation, but didn't putt especially well. He shifted to a claw putting grip last week and thus far, the change hasn't paid dividends. Rickie Fowler joined Mickelson at even with Keegan Bradley, Harris English, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar among a host of notable players at 1-under.

The first round didn't go well for all of the top players in the field. Rory McIlroy shot a 1-over 71, Jason Dufner carded a 2-over 72 while Adam Scott is 3-over after shooting a 73. Jason Day and Sergio Garcia are also 3-over, right on the edge of the cut line. Bubba Watson will have work to do if he's going to be around for the weekend. He managed just one birdie in the opening round to go with five bogeys and a double to come in at 6-over. Watson called the greens "unfriendly" before the tournament and didn't dish out praise for the setup like many of the other top players in the field. He didn't appear to be overly comfortable on Thursday, grinding out a poor round.

Here is a full look at where things stand through 18 holes in the 2014 U.S. Open.

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

1

Martin Kaymer

-5

65

T2

Kevin Na

-2

68

T2

Graeme McDowell

-2

68

T2

Brendon de Jonge

-2

68

T2

Fran Quinn

-2

68

T6

Brandt Snedeker

-1

69

T6

Henrik Stenson

-1

69

T6

Matt Kuchar

-1

69

T6

Brendon Todd

-1

69

T6

Jordan Spieth

-1

69

T6

Hideki Matsuyama

-1

69

T6

Dustin Johnson

-1

69

T6

Harris English

-1

69

T6

Keegan Bradley

-1

69

T6

Francesco Molinari

-1

69

T16

Henrik Norlander

E

70

T16

Lucas Bjerregaard

E

70

T16

Marcel Siem

E

70

T16

Ian Poulter

E

70

T16

Phil Mickelson

E

70

T16

Russell Henley

E

70

T16

Joost Luiten

E

70

T16

Rickie Fowler

E

70

T16

Aaron Baddeley

E

70

T16

Mark Wilson

E

70

T16

Brooks Koepka

E

70

T16

Victor Dubuisson

E

70

T16

Steve Stricker

E

70

T16

Jimmy Walker

E

70

T16

Charl Schwartzel

E

70

T16

Paul Casey

E

70

T16

J.B. Holmes

E

70

T16

Jamie Donaldson

E

70

T16

Seung-yul Noh

E

70

T16

Danny Willett

E

70

T36

Pablo Larrazabal

1

71

T36

Patrick Reed

1

71

T36

Boo Weekley

1

71

T36

Webb Simpson

1

71

T36

Zach Johnson

1

71

T36

Rory McIlroy

1

71

T36

Matthew Fitzpatrick

1

71

T36

Chris Kirk

1

71

T36

Billy Hurley III

1

71

T36

Oliver Goss

1

71

T36

Garth Mulroy

1

71

T36

John Senden

1

71

T36

Louis Oosthuizen

1

71

T36

Zac Blair

1

71

T50

Daniel Berger

2

72

T50

Scott Langley

2

72

T50

Erik Compton

2

72

T50

Miguel Jimenez

2

72

T50

Justin Rose

2

72

T50

Nicholas Lindheim

2

72

T50

Graeme Storm

2

72

T50

Nicolas Colsaerts

2

72

T50

Bill Haas

2

72

T50

Stewart Cink

2

72

T50

Gary Woodland

2

72

T50

Jason Dufner

2

72

T50

Toru Taniguchi

2

72

T50

Bernd Wiesberger

2

72

T50

Bo Van Pelt

2

72

T50

Kevin Tway

2

72

T50

Simon Griffiths

2

72

T50

Cody Gribble

2

72

T68

Sergio Garcia

3

73

T68

Jason Day

3

73

T68

Stephen Gallacher

3

73

T68

David Toms

3

73

T68

Thongchai Jaidee

3

73

T68

Jeff Maggert

3

73

T68

Shiv Kapur

3

73

T68

Smylie Kaufman

3

73

T68

Clayton Rask

3

73

T68

Alex Cejka

3

73

T68

Joe Ogilvie

3

73

T68

Jim Furyk

3

73

T68

Shane Lowry

3

73

T68

Adam Scott

3

73

T68

Retief Goosen

3

73

T68

Geoff Ogilvy

3

73

T68

Hyung-Sung Kim

3

73

T68

Rod Pampling

3

73

T68

Ryan Blaum

3

73

T68

Luke Guthrie

3

73

T88

Kyoung-Hoon Lee

4

74

T88

Chad Collins

4

74

T88

Roberto Castro

4

74

T88

Matt Jones

4

74

T88

Angel Cabrera

4

74

T88

Kenny Perry

4

74

T88

Craig Barlow

4

74

T88

WC Liang

4

74

T88

Matt Dobyns

4

74

T88

Maverick McNealy

4

74

T88

Casey Wittenberg

4

74

T88

Andres Echavarria

4

74

T88

Oliver Fisher

4

74

T88

Ernie Els

4

74

T88

Hunter Mahan

4

74

T88

Ryan Palmer

4

74

T88

Christopher Doak

4

74

T88

Jim Renner

4

74

T106

Rob Oppenheim

5

75

T106

Brian Stuard

5

75

T106

Kevin Kisner

5

75

T106

Andrea Pavan

5

75

T106

Lee Westwood

5

75

T106

Billy Horschel

5

75

T106

Kevin Sutherland

5

75

T106

Justin Thomas

5

75

T106

David Oh

5

75

T106

Ken Duke

5

75

T106

Y.E. Yang

5

75

T106

Justin Leonard

5

75

T106

Darren Clarke

5

75

T106

Graham Delaet

5

75

T106

Kevin Streelman

5

75

T106

Hunter Stewart

5

75

T122

Matt Every

6

76

T122

Ryan Moore

6

76

T122

Nick Watney

6

76

T122

Maximilian Kieffer

6

76

T122

Brian Campbell

6

76

T122

Steven Alker

6

76

T122

Hudson Swafford

6

76

T122

Niclas Fasth

6

76

T122

Bubba Watson

6

76

T122

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

6

76

T122

David Gossett

6

76

T122

Sam Love

6

76

T134

Brett Stegmaier

7

77

T134

D.A. Points

7

77

T134

Jonas Blixt

7

77

T134

Brady Watt

7

77

T134

Will Grimmer

7

77

T134

Kevin Stadler

7

77

T134

Luke Donald

7

77

T134

Azuma Yano

7

77

T134

Cory Whitsett

7

77

T143

Cameron Wilson

8

78

T143

Aron Price

8

78

T143

Robby Shelton

8

78

T143

Nick Mason

8

78

T143

Anthony Broussard

8

78

T148

Robert Allenby

9

79

T148

Tom Lewis

9

79

T148

Bobby Gates

9

79

T148

Lucas Glover

9

79

T148

Andrew Dorn

9

79

153

Chris Thompson

10

80

154

Kiyoshi Miyazato

11

81

T155

Brandon McIver

12

82

T155

Donald Constable

12

82

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