- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The opening round of the U.S. Open at par-70, 7,562-yard Pinehurst No. 2:

LEADING: Martin Kaymer birdied six holes, including three of the last five, en route to a 65.

PURSUING: Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell, Brendon de Jonge and Fran Quinn were all three shots back.

DRIFTING: Top-ranked Adam Scott shot 73. Masters champion Bubba Watson floundered to a 76.


WHERE’S PHIL? Mickelson, a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, had an even-par 70.

AND TIGER? Woods continues to recover from back surgery, and has now missed six majors.

KEY STAT: The 15 players under par were the most to shoot in the 60s in a U.S. Open opening round since 24 players managed the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields.

SHOT OF THE DAY: McDowell, a former U.S. Open champion, knocked his 3-wood to 12 feet at the par-5 fifth and made the putt for eagle.

WHO’S THE KID?: Matthew Fitzpatrick, a 19-year-old who looks even younger, led the amateur brigade with a 71.

NOTEWORTHY: Defending champion Justin Rose, who held off Mickelson a year ago at Merion, shot 72. There hasn’t been a repeat winner in this championship since Curtis Strange in 1988-89.

QUOTEWORTHY: “I had a lot of fun today. You don’t normally say that at the U.S. Open.” - 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who shot 69.

KEY PAIRINGS: Bubba Watson, United States; Adam Scott, Australia; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (7:40 a.m. EDT); Jason Dufner, United States; Keegan Bradley, United States; Martin Kaymer, Germany (8:02 a.m.); Webb Simpson, United States; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (1:25 p.m.)

TELEVISION: Television: ESPN (Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.); and NBC (Friday, 3-5 p.m).