PINEHURST, NC – Prior to the start of the U.S. Open golf championship on Thursday, Martin Kaymer quipped that he would shoot 8-over par on the challenging course at Pinehurst Country Club. He opened the tournament, however, with a 5-under-par round 65 that placed him three shots below his nearest challengers – Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell and Brendon de Jonge, each of whom finished at 68.
The 29-year old owns two victories on the PGA Tour, the 2010 PGA Championship and this year’s Players Championship. He’ll continue his search for a third title when U.S. Open play continues Friday morning.
John Tautges anchors coverage of the U.S. Open golf championship on WestwoodOne Sports. Listen to audio following Thursday’s action from Pinehurst:
(Bubba Watson shot 6-over and says he’s not where he wants to be)
(Tied for second on the leaderboard, Kevin Na says the course is different, but fun and a good test)
(Phil Mickelson thinks the Pinehurst course gives him a good chance to win)
(Graeme McDowell shot a first-round 68 and says he did what he wanted to do)
(Early leader Martin Kaymer says this is just a good start)
(Kaymer thought the course was easier than he expected)
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