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Kaymer on the move at US Open
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Martin Kaymer waves after a birdie on the 17th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., on Thursday. - photo by Associated Press

Leaderboard

At Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, No. 2
Round 1

Martin Kaymer    34-31—65    -5
Kevin Na        34-34—68    -2
Graeme McDowell    34-34—68    -2
Brendon De Jonge    34-34—68    -2
Fran Quinn        34-34—68    -2
Brandt Snedeker    31-38—69    -1
Henrik Stenson    35-34—69    -1
Matt Kuchar        32-37—69    -1
Brendon Todd        34-35—69    -1
Jordan Spieth    36-33—69    -1
Hideki Matsuyama    34-35—69    -1
Dustin Johnson    34-35—69    -1
Harris English        34-35—69    -1
Keegan Bradley    33-36—69    -1
Francesco Molinari    36-33—69    -1
Henrik Norlander    35-35—70    E
Lucas Bjerregaard    35-35—70    E
Marcel Siem        37-33—70    E
Ian Poulter        35-35—70    E
Phil Mickelson    36-34—70    E
Joost Luiten        36-34—70    E
Russell Henley    34-36—70    E
Rickie Fowler        35-35—70    E
Aaron Baddeley    38-32—70    E
Brooks Koepka    33-37—70    E
Mark Wilson        35-35—70    E
Jimmy Walker    34-36—70    E
Victor Dubuisson    35-35—70    E
Steve Stricker    35-35—70    E
Charl Schwartzel    36-34—70    E
Paul Casey        37-33—70    E
J.B. Holmes        36-34—70    E
Jamie Donaldson    35-35—70    E
Seung-Yul Noh    33-37—70    E
Danny Willett        36-34—70    E
Pablo Larrazabal    37-34—71    +1
Patrick Reed        35-36—71    +1
Boo Weekley        36-35—71    +1
Webb Simpson    35-36—71    +1
Rory McIlroy        36-35—71    +1
Zach Johnson    33-38—71    +1
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick    37-34—71    +1
Chris Kirk        35-36—71    +1
Billy Hurley III        35-36—71    +1
a-Oliver Goss        35-36—71    +1
Garth Mulroy        34-37—71    +1
John Senden        38-33—71    +1
Louis Oosthuizen    35-36—71    +1
Zac Blair        35-36—71    +1
Daniel Berger        35-37—72    +2
Erik Compton        35-37—72    +2
Scott Langley        38-34—72    +2
Miguel Angel Jimenez    37-35—72    +2
Justin Rose        33-39—72    +2
Nicholas Lindheim    37-35—72    +2
Graeme Storm    37-35—72    +2
Nicolas Colsaerts    37-35—72    +2
Bill Haas        37-35—72    +2
Stewart Cink        35-37—72    +2
Gary Woodland    38-34—72    +2
Jason Dufner        33-39—72    +2
Bernd Wiesberger    36-36—72    +2
Toru Taniguchi    36-36—72    +2
Bo Van Pelt        36-36—72    +2
Kevin Tway        34-38—72    +2
Simon Griffiths    35-37—72    +2
Cody Gribble        35-37—72    +2
Sergio Garcia        37-36—73    +3
Jason Day        36-37—73    +3
Stephen Gallacher    36-37—73    +3
David Toms        39-34—73    +3
Thongchai Jaidee    36-37—73    +3
Jeff Maggert        37-36—73    +3
Shiv Kapur        38-35—73    +3
Smylie Kaufman    37-36—73    +3
Clayton Rask        34-39—73    +3
Alex Cejka        38-35—73    +3
Joe Ogilvie        35-38—73    +3
Jim Furyk        38-35—73    +3
Shane Lowry        35-38—73    +3
Adam Scott        36-37—73    +3
Retief Goosen    38-35—73    +3
Geoff Ogilvy        33-40—73    +3
Hyung-Sung Kim    35-38—73    +3
Rod Pampling        36-37—73    +3
Luke Guthrie        39-34—73    +3
Ryan Blaum        36-37—73    +3
Chad Collins        37-37—74    +4
Kyoung-Hoon Lee    35-39—74    +4
Roberto Castro    35-39—74    +4
Matt Jones        37-37—74    +4
Angel Cabrera    37-37—74    +4
Kenny Perry        36-38—74    +4
Craig Barlow        35-39—74    +4
Wen-Chong Liang    35-39—74    +4
Matt Dobyns        37-37—74    +4
a-Maverick McNealy    38-36—74    +4
Oliver Fisher        37-37—74    +4
Casey Wittenberg    36-38—74    +4
Andres Echavarria    37-37—74    +4
Ernie Els        37-37—74    +4
Hunter Mahan    37-37—74    +4
Ryan Palmer        35-39—74    +4
Jim Renner        35-39—74    +4
Chris Doak        40-34—74    +4
Rob Oppenheim    39-36—75    +5
Brian Stuard        38-37—75    +5
Andrea Pavan        36-39—75    +5
Kevin Kisner        36-39—75    +5
Lee Westwood    37-38—75    +5
Billy Horschel        37-38—75    +5
Kevin Sutherland    39-36—75    +5
Justin Thomas    37-38—75    +5
David Oh        38-37—75    +5
Ken Duke        41-34—75    +5
Justin Leonard    36-39—75    +5
Y.E. Yang        35-40—75    +5
Darren Clarke        38-37—75    +5
Graham DeLaet    37-38—75    +5
Kevin Streelman    36-39—75    +5
a-Hunter Stewart    36-39—75    +5
Matt Every        37-39—76    +6
Ryan Moore        36-40—76    +6
Nick Watney        38-38—76    +6
Maximilian Kieffer    36-40—76    +6
a-Brian Campbell    39-37—76    +6
Steven Alker        38-38—76    +6
Niclas Fasth        36-40—76    +6
Hudson Swafford    35-41—76    +6
Bubba Watson    38-38—76    +6
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano    38-38—76    +6
David Gossett        39-37—76    +6
a-Sam Love        35-41—76    +6
Brett Stegmaier    39-38—77    +7
D.A. Points        39-38—77    +7
Jonas Blixt        38-39—77    +7
Brady Watt        39-38—77    +7
a-Will Grimmer    35-42—77    +7
Kevin Stadler        39-38—77    +7
Luke Donald        37-40—77    +7
a-Cory Whitsett    40-37—77    +7
Azuma Yano        39-38—77    +7
a-Cameron Wilson    40-38—78    +8
Aron Price        38-40—78    +8
a-Robby Shelton    39-39—78    +8
Nick Mason        38-40—78    +8
Anthony Broussard    40-38—78    +8
Robert Allenby    39-40—79    +9
Tom Lewis        42-37—79    +9
Bobby Gates        40-39—79    +9
Lucas Glover        37-42—79    +9
a-Andrew Dorn    43-36—79    +9
Chris Thompson    38-42—80   +10
Kiyoshi Miyazato    42-39—81   +11
a-Brandon McIver    40-42—82   +12
Donald Constable    42-40—82   +12

    PINEHURST, N.C. — There was something unusual in the opening round of the U.S. Open.
    A bunch of scores in the 60s.
    The best one of all was turned in by Martin Kaymer.
    His confidence spurred by a win at The Players Championship, Kaymer birdied three of the last five holes Thursday for a 5-under 65, the lowest score from any of the three Opens played at Pinehurst No. 2.
    The German got up and down for par at the 18th hole, rolling in a testy 6-foot putt to beat the 66 shot by Sweden's Peter Hedblom during the second round in 2005.
    Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na and Brendon de Jonge were three shots back.
    Kaymer beat a loaded field at The Players last month, snapping a stretch of 29 tournaments without a victory stretching over 18 months.
    "I needed a win," Kaymer said. "Whether it was The Players or a regular PGA Tour event, I just needed it for my confidence, for all the hard work I've put in the last couple of years."
    Ten other players were in the clubhouse at 69, meaning there were more under-par rounds in this opening round than the last two years combined.
    At Merion a year ago, only five players broke par on Thursday.
    At Olympic Club in 2012, there were just six scores in the 60s.
    No one expected Pinehurst to stay this inviting through the weekend.
    "There was some moisture on the greens and you were able to hold shots," Na said. "I was able to capitalize on a good tee time. But there's a long way to go. Obviously, I'm 2-under par right now, but at the end of the tournament even par is going to win this championship."
    That's still a good bet.
    The last two Open champions finished over par.
    Phil Mickelson got off to a strong start as well in his bid for the career Grand Slam, attacking the course with deft iron shots on the way to a 70.
    McDowell, who won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010, was as steady as can be on this Donald Ross masterpiece, which has undergone a drastic makeover to restore its rustic look, with patches of natural vegetation — better known as weeds — taking the place of thick, lush rough.
    The Northern Irishman bounced back from his only bogey at No. 4 with an eagle 3 at the par-five fifth hole. He added another birdie at the 14th and the rest of his card was filled in with pars, just the sort of solid, mistake-free golf that is required in the U.S. Open.

"You don't have to strike it amazing around here," McDowell said. "You just have to position the ball correctly at all times."

Na also made an eagle at No. 5 on the way to the best Open round of his career. He missed the cuts in 2010 and 2011, and finished 9 over at his last Open two years ago.

After thick cloud cover made things easier for the morning players, the blistering sun broke through and the temperature climbed to 90 by mid-afternoon. Still, there were low scores to be had, with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson among the big group at 69.

Not everyone was thriving. The world's top-ranked player, Adam Scott, shot 73. Masters champion Bubba Watson sprayed shots all over the place on the way to a 76.

Spieth was in the thick of things again, making four birdies to put himself in contention at another major championship. He was tied for the lead heading to the final round of both the Masters and The Players Championship, but couldn't close out either on Sunday. It seems just a matter of time before the young Texan claims a career-defining triumph.

Maybe it will be at Pinehurst.

"I had a lot of fun today. You don't normally say that at the U.S. Open," Spieth said. "I was able to get into the flow early, and able to keep it going. One-under — I would take that four times."

Mickelson already has five majors, but this is the one he wants more than any other. Lefty has been the runner-up a record six times in this event, denying him the only big title missing from his resume. He has changed his grip to deal with a shaky putter, hoping that would help bring his first victory since capturing the British Open last July.

"This is a golf course where I get similar feeling to Augusta," Mickelson said. "You don't have to be perfect. You always have a chance. It is challenging. There are difficult shots. But they're manageable."

In recent weeks, Mickelson has been linked to an insider trading investigation. Clearly, he was able to stay focused on the course.

"I haven't done anything wrong," he said. "I'm willing to help out and would love to help out any way I can with the investigation."

Rory McIlroy, who won the 2011 U.S. Open in a rout at Congressional, opened with a 71.

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.