Ross Kinnaird

U.S. Open 2014: Leaderboard, live coverage, results and more from Saturday's round at Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer was not as sharp as his record-setting first two rounds, but after dodging a few bullets and mitigating the damage, he finished with a birdie to take 5-shot 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open.

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Kaymer a ridiculous 1/3 favorite

The last player to lose while holding a five-shot lead after 54 holes at the U.S. Open was Mike Brady ... in 1919. So as you might expect, Martin Kaymer is a heavy favorite to win on Sunday.


Kaymer, Fowler set for final pairing

Martin Kaymer remains in the lead at the U.S. Open and will once again play in the final group. He'll be joined on Sunday by Rickie Fowler, who is coming off a strong round.


Martin Kaymer, math wizard

Yeah, but that last birdie was a pretty big shot. Previously in Martin Kaymer quotations:

"The way I play golf right now is just very satisfying." -- Martin Kaymer in the understatement of the week.

— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 13, 2014

You have wonder what he'll have for us on Sunday night if he wins.


Kaymer stays in control, Rickie Fowler chases

It wasn't as smooth as the record-setting first two rounds, but Martin Kaymer kept the rest of the field at a distance and will head to Sunday with a sizable five-shot lead at the U.S. Open.


Na comes undone with back-and-forth chipping mess

Things were going so well for Kevin Na, who had closed Martin Kaymer's lead to just four shots as the final pairings made their way through the back nine at Pinehurst. That may sound like a significant margin, but it's the slimmest lead Kaymer's held since Thursday.

Unfortunately for Na, his time as solo second and four shots back was fleeting. He's been a trendy pick to contend this week because his short game is so strong. That's a huge advantage at this Donald Ross Pinehurst No. 2 layout, where so many balls roll off the repellant turtleback greens. Na had been steady chipping those balls up to the hole, getting up-and-down. But that came undone at the 15th, and Na rocketed one right through the green, and then flubbed his pitch coming back from the other side.

With Tiger Woods not in attendance, Na decided to fill the major championship quota for audible self-admonishment with and "Ohhhh, Kevin!"

That back-and-forth disaster at the 14th would lead to a double-bogey, and Na was back down to 2-under and six shots off  the pace.


Kaymer holding on, Compton charging

The course is beating up the U.S. Open field in the third round, with plenty of bogey and double bogey spots all over the Carolina Sandhills. Martin Kaymer has not had the same form as the first two days, but he's holding it together well enough to stay out in front by five shots.


Kaymer goes on adventure in the Pinehurst woods

This is not an ideal position to play from at the U.S. Open.


Mickelson shoots 72, 14 back

Phil Mickelson didn't play poorly on a tough course, but failed to make up any ground at the U.S. Open.


Pinehurst greens prompting feats of athleticism

Pinehurst No. 2 is playing so firm, fast, and difficult, that players are now actually performing great feats of athleticism to mark their ball before it starts rolling off the Donald Ross turtleback greens.

Rory has hit some good shots today, and isn't playing particularly bad, but he's 3-over through his first five holes and caught some really tough breaks on these greens.

One way to take all that danger out is by simply dunking it right in the cup, as Matt Kuchar did right after NBC's Johnny Miller exclaimed just how difficult a shot he was facing in a bunker at No. 4.

via EyeOnGolf


Kenny Perry hits the shot of the U.S. Open

This is as good a hole-out eagle as you'll see this year.


Mickelson stays even at brutal Pinehurst

We've got U.S. Open conditions on Saturday at Pinehurst, where only two players are in the red and an even-par round will rocket a player up the leaderboard.


Taniguchi's no good, very bad day at Pinehurst

So, uh, Pinehurst is playing a little more difficult on Saturday than it did in the first two rounds. Let's check in with Toru Taniguchi.


Ouch -- five double bogeys and an 18-over mark. That would be one way for Martin Kaymer to come back to the field. He's not going to implode like that, but he's certainly not going to be carding a third straight round of 65 with these pin placements, the wind up, and the course firming out. Only one player on the course is in the red, and the movers on "moving day" will be those who can shoot even-par.


Phil Mickelson can't solve the Pinehurst bunkers

Pinehurst No. 2 demands precision and even being off by an inch can be costly, as Phil Mickelson found out.


An interesting look at Kaymer's U.S. Open career

Martin Kaymer is on top of the U.S. Open leaderboard after shooting back-to-back 65s. Not only did those rounds stand out among the 2014 field, they stick out drastically in Kaymer's career in the U.S. Open.


Phil Mickelson splits the uprights

Phil Mickelson is out some three-plus hours ahead of the final pairing of Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd, 13 shots off the lead. The most interesting story at the start of the week has fizzled by the weekend, and Phil even admitting to grinding just to stay interested a bit on Friday as he continued to struggle up on the greens.

So he's almost certainly out of it, but that doesn't mean he won't be featured on the broadcast all weekend. And that's because of shots like this.

Many players might ask for relief, but Phil, just went ahead, stepped up, and sent it straight through the gap. He would tap in for par after that putt for the classic up-and-down. Here's hoping he keeps things interesting all day at Pinehurst No. 2.


3rd round pin placements at Pinehurst

With a little more moisture hitting the Pinehurst area on Friday night, it didn't look like the conditions would change too much at the U.S. Open. But a steady wind and less humidity on Saturday morning should have things firmed up and running faster late in the day when the leaders tee off at 3:25 p.m. ET.

The 6th, 9th. and 15th greens are a few the USGA's Mike Davis said he'd be watching most closely earlier in the week, with the characteristic Donald Ross "turtleback" design especially repellant in those locations. The putting surfaces should also be running around a 12 on the stimpmeter for the third round.

That back-right pin at the third hole, a drivable par-4 with the new tee the USGA has put in, could present a nice little eagle chance for some of the chasers early in their round. It's a must-make birdie for anyone with designs of putting a scare into 36-hole leader Martin Kaymer, who's up six shots.


'It's not easy playing with Keegan,' says Kaymer

Keegan Bradley’s ‘Red Light/Green Light’ approach bugs Paul Azinger but Martin Kaymer has gotten used to the stop-and-start quirks of his opening 36-hole Pinehurst playing partner.


Woods pops up at Pinehurst in the person of Kaymer

Tiger’s not in Pinehurst this week -- at least not yet -- but his name was on everybody’s lips as Martin Kaymer put together an historic 36 holes of U.S. Open golf that brought back memories of Woods at Pebble in 2000.


You should watch the U.S. open, here's how

Competing against the World Cup and two pending championships in the NBA and NHL, a compelling U.S. Open isn't getting the attention it deserves. Let's fix that. Here's how to watch.


NBC facing drama-free weekend at final U.S. Open?

NBC takes the reins from ESPN for weekend coverage of the U.S. Open, their final broadcast of an event where they've become a large part of its identity. But is it already over at the midpoint?


Martin Kaymer will headline Saturday's final group

Martin Kaymer will begin Saturday with a six-stroke lead, will he still have it when he tees off in the final pairing?


Kaymer an overwhelming 1/2 favorite

Much like the leaderboard, the oddsmakers have a runaway favorite to win the U.S. Open with 36 holes to play.


Martin Kaymer, Brendon Todd set for final pairing

After scorching Pinehurst No. 2 during the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer will take center stage in the final pairing on Saturday.


Kaymer runs away, Phil fades at U.S. Open

The lowest 36-hole score ever at the U.S. Open, a tidy 130 through two rounds, has Martin Kaymer out in front by a record-matching margin at Pinehurst.


Watson, Dufner, Mahan miss the cut

The cut line rose as the second round of the U.S. Open went along, but not high enough to keep a few notable players around for the weekend.

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