The opening round of the U.S. Open is underway, and with that we will be giving live updates of Pinehurst all Thursday long.
Can Phil Mickelson complete the career Grand Slam? Is this another U.S. Open for Rory McIlroy? Can Jordan Spieth snag a first major?
All those questions and more will be talked about and dissected as we walk you through a Thursday at Pinehurst.
6:59 PM — And that will do it for us on this U.S. Open Thursday. Make sure to check back on Friday at 9:30 AM ET for more live blogging and Pinehurst fun.
6:42 PM — And Martin Kaymer finishes up his round with a solid par putt on the 18th for a round of 5-under 65, three clear of the rest of the field. Kaymer, as you remember, won the PGA Championship in 2010 and had his best finish at the U.S. Open that same year with a T-8.
6:33 PM —
6:25 PM — And ANOTHER birdie from Martin Kaymer to get to 5-under. He's playing a different course than everybody else is today, apparently.
6:19 PM — And not a great day for Bubba Watson, who posted a 5-over 75 and will have a ton of work to do to get back in this championship on Friday.
6:17 PM — Cool shot of Adam Scott from the great people at Getty Images.
6:13 PM — And Martin Kaymer pours in another birdie to move to 4-under, and two clear of the rest of the field. We figured someone might go low in the afternoon, and Kaymer is doing just that.
6:08 PM — While Dustin Johnson wrapped up a nice 1-under 69, Martin Kaymer takes the outright lead at 3-under, one clear of a bunch of names.
5:12 PM — Two dropped shots for Jason Dufner takes him from the lead to even-par, two shots back of the group at 2-under.
5:01 PM — And Keegan Bradley drops his first shot of the day to join that big group at 2-under.
4:55 PM — Check out the Jordan brand golf shoes that Keegan Bradley is wearing today.
4:49 PM — Keegan Bradley is your new leader at Pinehurst. He's 3-under, without a single bogey on his card.
4:46 PM — Leaderboard is getting mighty busy. Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley, playing together, are both 2-under, as is Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.
On the other side of things, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson are both 5-over and on the course.
4:09 PM — You might see a name on the leaderboard you've never heard of, but we have you covered.
Quick Fran Quinn Twitter bio — 49 years old, played at Northwestern, has 4 Web Tour wins, best major finish 43rd at 1994 U.S. Open.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 12, 2014
3:58 PM — This leaderboard is STACKED! Kevin Na, McDowell, Koepka, Holmes, Keegan, Kaymer ... and more making a move.
3:29 PM — Tough start for our Masters champion, as Bubba Watson cards his third bogey in his last four holes and sits at 3-over early in his opening round.
3:28 PM — More solid play from some favorites before the week started. Adam Scott, Furyk, Steve Stricker, Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley all at 1-under and on the course at Pinehurst.
3:05 PM — Some good play early from some of the big names with afternoon tee times. Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker, playing together, are both 2-under, as is Jim Furyk. Brooks Koepka, a relative unknown by most American golf fans, is alone atop the leaderboard at 3-under.
2:52 PM — Henrik Stenson, who posted an opening 69, said this after his round about the 15th hole:
"If you guys want to see some disasters, you should get a hot dog, Snickers, and Coke and head down to 15, because that's as hard as it can ever get."
"I said when I finished my round at the Open last year on Friday, if you want to go out and see some train wrecks, go to 15 and I was right. And I think I'm pretty ... the margins are so slim on that green."
2:42 PM — And from an absolutely brutal lie after that bad break, Dustin hits a really, really great chip to a few feet in hopes of saving par.
2:40 PM — Dustin Johnson, on the par-3 6th hole, hits his tee shot a bit long and it nails one of the microphones set up around the greens. Heard a big boom, but the bounce he got was the real bummer. He's 2-under after just five holes.
2:20 PM — Great shot by Getty Images of Fowler rocking the knickers.
2:03 PM — A couple of shaky starts for some hopefuls. Sergio Garcia and Jason Day both posted 3-over 73s, with Justin Rose and Miguel Angel JImenez both carding 72s.
1:51 PM — After his round, Phil Mickelson said he didn't miss a single driver today, just hit some bad tee shots with some of the other clubs.
1:30 PM — While names like Phil, Rory, Rickie and Justin are done for the day at Pinehurst, Bubba, Adam, Charl and others just got going.
1:22 PM — And you won't see many bunker shots better than this one from Rickie Fowler on his final hole. He couldn't convert the par putt, but still in with a round of even-par 70.
1:12 PM — How tough are the players expecting Pinehurst to play for the rest of the week? Graeme McDowell said this after his opening 2-under 68 (that included one eagle and one birdie).
Graeme: "I think the winner of this tournament will have 10-12 birdies maximum."— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) June 12, 2014
1:04 PM —
Phil Mickelson opens with an even-par 70. His avg. driving distance was 308 yds., 30 yds. longer than the field. pic.twitter.com/pz0EUXBQ90— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) June 12, 2014
12:59 PM — Not really his best stuff, but Phil Mickelson is in the clubhouse with a round of even-par 70, which is always a fine score at the U.S. Open. Graeme McDowell is in with a 68 as Justin Rose, the defending champion, posts a 2-over 72.
12:47 PM — Justin Rose ... yikes.
12:46 PM — The turnaround of the day belongs to Aaron Baddeley. The Aussie made a triple-bogey to start this championship on his opening hole, but has made five birdies and sits at even-par, just two shots back of the lead.
12:37 PM — Great move by some of the adidas/TaylorMade players this week, honoring their dads with their names on the bags. Here is Sergio's bag ...
12:27 PM — And that didn't last long for Snedeker. Kevin Na makes a birdie on his final hole, the par-3 9th, to post a 2-under 68 and take the clubhouse lead at Pinehurst.
12:22 PM — Your clubhouse leader at Pinehurst is Brandt Snedeker, who opened with a solid 1-under 69. Snedeker made six birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey on Thursday.
12:20 PM — A good example of how tough Pinehurst can play; Justin Rose hits a tee shot that nearly goes in for a hole-in-one only to bounce over the back of the green for a disappointing bogey.
12:11 PM — And just as soon as he got his hands on it, Phil Mickelson gives the lead back with a bogey on the 6th. Full leaderboard right here.
11:57 AM — And Phil Mickelson is tied for the lead at the U.S. Open! His birdie on the 5th coupled with the bogey by Kuchar has Lefty atop the leaderboard at 2-under.
11:46 AM —
Looks like the early trend at Pinehurst is red pants. pic.twitter.com/CjMbV6kU9w— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 12, 2014
11:36 AM — Potential sleeper of the week at Pinehurst — Brendon Todd. In his last three starts on the PGA Tour he has gone WIN, T-5 and T-8. He's currently even par on his round after 12 holes.
11:23 AM — Matt Kuchar is still in the lead at Pinehurst, but the story of the day is the way amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick is playing. Pairing with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, Fitzpatrick is 2-under on his round with five holes to play.
11:17 AM — And in "non golf course golf news," Phil Mickelson looks to be in the clear on those allegations of insider trading. The story right here.
11:13 AM — And Rickie Fowler breaks his 10-hole par streak ... with a birdie! He's now 1-under, and playing very, very solid early on.
11:08 AM — As we get going at Pinehurst, a look back at the best picture of the week, with Payne Stewart's daughter, Chelsea, recreating that famous image of her father's arm outstretched after his winning putt on this golf course back in 1999.
10:55 AM — And Matt Kuchar sits alone atop the leaderboard at 3-under after Henrik Norlander three-putts for bogey. Jordan Spieth is a shot back, with Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson all at 1-under.
10:46 AM — Here is a photo of the outfit from Fowler, courtesy of the Associated Press.
10:41 AM — And Pinehurst claims her first victim! Tom Lewis, the 23-year-old pro from England, makes a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 third hole.
10:38 AM — Pars are going to be a very, very important part of this U.S. Open, and Rickie Fowler knows that. Opens his championship with nine straight pars.
9:51 AM — Phil Mickelson, all 44 years of him, just pulled 6-iron from 213 on the par-3 17th after his playing partner hit 3-iron. Knocks it pin high, has a good birdie look to get to 2-under.
9:43 AM — Rickie Fowler honored Payne Stewart on Thursday with his knickers and socks. Check out video of him rocking this great outfit right here.
9:38 AM ET — Welcome all to the second major of this 2014 season! Brandt Snedeker is your current leader on the course at 4-under, with Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth chasing him at 2-under. Phil Mickelson, searching for that final leg of the career Grand Slam, sits at 1-under as he plays his opening nine holes at Pinehurst.