U.S. Open Martin Kaymer Leads 1st Round. June 13 2014
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Marvelous Martin shot a first round -5 under par 65, to lead the U.S. Open by three shots at Pinehurst #2. Although this is a great start by Martin, history is not on his side. No player has ever won THE PLAYERS Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year, something to think about.
Martin was modest on his appraisal of his round today;
“Exceptional, like at THE PLAYERS, the 9-under par is not normal. So no one should expect me to shoot another 5-under par the next three rounds, I don’t. So much golf to play, it’s a good start, but it’s nothing more than that."
" It's quite nice when you play late on Thursday, that you can watch some golf in the morning and try to adjust mentally. Wednesday night I thought that it’s going to be very, very firm in the afternoon, but actually it was more playable than I thought.”
The leading pack consists of four players, all at -2 under par. One of those, Graeme McDowell said he does not think anyone is going to run a way with this tournament;
" You aren’t going to make 20 birdies out here, it’s simple as that. I think the winner of this tournament is going to make 10 to 12 birdies maximum.”
Kevin Na, also at -2 under par for the opening round, thinks even par can the tournament;
“At the end of the tournament, even par is going to win this championship.”
That means if Martin Kaymer shoots even par from here on in, he will win easily. I don't think so.
Brandt Snedeker is in the huge group at -1 under par, he had six birdies in shooting his opening round of -1 under par 69. Four of those birdies came in his first eight holes, and he easily could have carded a fifth but missed a short birdie putt on his ninth hole;“I didn’t see that this morning when I woke up, the golf course kind of got me back on the back nine.” World No. 1 Adam Scott was disappointed in his score of + 3 over par 73. He thought he struck several good shots that went unrewarded; “If the conditions are the same, I’d like to play the course in a similar way I did today. I think I can shoot five or six shots better if I played the same as I did today.” Phil Mickelson , at even par for the first round reported that he feels he always has a chance; “I get a similar feeling that I get at Augusta where I don’t have to be perfect. I can miss shots. I can miss greens and still get up-and-down. I always have a chance.” As always, this is the U.S.Open, and anything can happen, and usually does, looking forward to tomorrow, who will miss the cut?