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U.S. Open 2014 Live Blog: Follow second round action from Pinehurst

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Martin Kaymer fired an opening round 65 at Pinehurst — Getty Images

It's the second round of the U.S. Open, and with it comes a whole bunch of golf, some guys making moves and an ever-changing leaderboard.

Will Martin Kaymer continue his impressive play at Pinehurst? Can Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy start making putts? Which big name will make the biggest move?

We will be with you all day long, updating with scores and information from the U.S. Open, so swing by and enjoy an exciting second major of this 2014 PGA Tour season.

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6:57 PM — And that will do it for the live blogs! Come check back over the weekend for some fun stuff and hopefully a fun weekend at Pinehurst! Thanks for reading.

6:55 PMJordan Spieth stumbled on his way in, making bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 before a par on his final hole to post an even-par round of 70. Spieth is 1-under heading into the weekend, as playing partner Rickie Fowler follows up his opening 70 with much of the same to sit at even par.

6:43 PM — Brendon Todd, the Byron Nelson winner, had a great look on the 18th for a birdie to get to 5-under, but it just rolled the high lip. He is in with an impressive second round 67 and alone in second place, most likely will be in the final group on Saturday in his first U.S. Open.

6:39 PM — Rory McIlroy in with a second round 68. He's 1-under for the championship, not totally out of it, but will need something special on Saturday to get back in this thing.

6:36 PM — Phil Mickelson made two birdies over his first three holes on Friday, but didn't make another circle all day, firing a second round 73 to fall well back of the lead.

6:11 PM Kevin Na's par putt on his last hole snuck in the side door, which was good enough for a second straight round in the 60s. His 68-69 total has him at 3-under in the clubhouse, seven back of Mr. Kaymer.

6:04 PM — Jordan Spieth is hanging around at another huge event. He's 3-under for the championship, and has an outside shot at making the final group on Sunday if he can get in the clubhouse at 4-under.

6:02 PM — Some notable names that will not be making the weekend at Pinehurst; Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and Nick Watney.

5:52 PM — Martin Kaymer was asked what it is like to play with Keegan Bradley and his pre-shot antics. His answer was pretty shocking.

5:27 PM — Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama still at 4-under and tied for second, six shots behind Kaymer.

5:07 PM — If you haven't caught up with what Kaymer has done at Pinehurst, we have you covered.

5:00 PM — A run up the leaderboard for some bigger names in the field. Matt Kuchar is at 3-under, as is Brandt Snedeker and Hideki Matsuyama.

4:57 PM — These Billy Horschel pants are pretty great.

4:39 PM — A sneaky pick before the week was Brendon Todd, who won the Byron Nelson, finished T-5 at the Colonial and T-8 at the Memorial. He's now in third place alone at Pinehurst at 3-under.

4:26 PM — And another bogey for Phil Mickelson. He's now 1-over for the championship after making a six on the only par-5 on the back nine.

4:17 PM — Kevin Na goes back-to-back with birdies to get to 4-under and "just" six shots back of Kaymer.

3:42 PM — Kevin Stadler's hole-out was his highlight of the week.

3:28 PM — Kevin Na, after his chip-in on the 8th, hits a brilliant tee shot on the par-3 9th, but couldn't get the tricky putt to drop, and stays at 3-under for the championship.

3:23 PM — And after the failed up-and-down opportunity on the par-5, Mickelson hits the tough 6th with his tee shot only to three-putt for bogey. His putting stroke is very, very nervy right now.

3:16 PM — And we have an outright (second-place) leader! Kevin Na chips in for birdie on the 8th to get to 3-under.

3:10 PM — And after basically giving Mickelson the birdie considering where he was on the 5th, Mickelson hits a horrible chip and then hits a putt that just rolls the low lip. Disappointing par, still eight shots back of Kaymer.

3:02 PM — Erik Compton and Ryan Moore are the low men on the golf course right now at 3-under for the day.

2:58 PM — Mickelson continues to play Pinehurst well, knowing he needs to make a lot of birdies. His second shot approach on the only par-5 on the front, the 5th, is just off the right side of the green, a relatively easy up-and-down for another birdie if he can convert.

2:40 PM — Phil Mickelson off to a hot start, 2-under after four holes. Will need to keep that going if he wants to not only push Kaymer, but hopefully get in that final group with him for moving day.

1:40 PM — And Phil Mickelson is out on the course at Pinehurst. Will need a low second round score to even get in the mix at this thing considering how Martin Kaymer is playing. Phil sits 10 shots back.

1:36 PM

1:30 PM — Crazy.

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Just wow — Getty Images

Just wow — Getty Images

1:16 PM —

1:10 PM — And that will do it for Kaymer's round. Another 65, only the second ever at a U.S. Open hosted at Pinehurst, and Kaymer has both of them, in a row. Crazy.

12:54 PM — Not a great week for Bubba Watson, but he is dishing out some fashion advice. ESPN announcers reporting that Bubba commented to Marcel Siem as he teed off that his outfit didn't match.

12:45 PM — A solid 3-under 67 for Adam Scott, just his second ever sub-70 round at the U.S. Open. Back to even-par, a mile back of Kaymer.

12:12 PM — Check out Kevin Stadler's hole-out from the fairway on Friday at Pinehurst.

12:11 PM — And another birdie for Kaymer. He's now in a place nobody thought we'd see this week; 10-under.

11:25 AM — And Dustin Johnson cuts into the lead a little of Martin Kaymer with a birdie to get to 3-under. These two battled for the 2010 PGA Championship title, that Kaymer eventually won because of the penalty on Johnson on the 72nd hole at Whistling Straits.

11:18 AM — And ANOTHER birdie for Martin Kaymer. He's making Pinehurst #2 look like he's playing Johnny's 9 Hole Pitch & Putt right now. Seven shot lead.

11:12 AM

11:04 AM — Now a six-shot lead for Martin Kaymer. He's calm, cool, collected, and putting like a guy that will be holding the U.S. Open trophy in about two days.

10:49 AM — Strange happenings at Pinehurst; Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson are playing together, and both hit the 18th fairway. Unfortunately, they must both play the same brand of ball, because they hit the other player's golf ball, realized it on the green and landed a penalty because of it.

10:38 AM —

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A cop watches Steven Alker of New Zealand hits his tee shot on the 15th hole — Getty Images

A cop watches Steven Alker of New Zealand hits his tee shot on the 15th hole — Getty Images

10:30 AM Here is the full video of the Ken Duke par save on the 9th.

10:04 AM — Martin Kaymer doesn't seem to be letting up. He adds another birdie on the 16th to get to 8-under for the week, and after a bogey by Quinn, he's five shots clear of the field.

9:41 AM — A quick Fran Quinn update — the 49-year-old who posted a 2-under 68 on Thursday is keeping it going on Friday, and sits in second place alone at 4-under. His 15-year-old son is on the bag this week, and he's playing in his first U.S. Open since the '90s.

9:39 AM — Well, Ken Duke made just about as good a par as you'll see. On the par-3 9th hole his ball ended up against one of those nasty patches of rough. He had to putt it into the bunker, and then this happened.

9:30 AM ET — It's the second round of the U.S. Open, but Martin Kaymer is playing just like he did on Thursday. Kaymer made birdie on his opening hole of the day, added another on the 13th (his fourth hole) and sits four clear of Brendon de Jonge and Fran Quinn (!!).

 

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