After the opening round of the U.S. Open its Martin Kaymer who leads after carding an opening round 65 - the lowest ever single-round score at a US Open hosted at Pinehurst.
The German carded six birdies to give him the outright lead - he’s three clear of 2010 winner Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Brendon de Yong and little-known Fran Quinn.
It’s a bunched leaderboard with Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar amongst the 10 players lurking a stroke back:
“If you stay around level par, you can't be that far away from winning the golf tournament. Even though I shot 5-under par now, which is obviously an exceptional score, it's very nice to lead the tournament right now. But I was very surprised that the golf course played fairly soft, because it was very firm the first -- like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. So they must have changed something."
Defending champion Justin Rose struggled with an uneven round of 72 finishing with six bogeys and two birdies but says he hasn’t felt the pressure of defending his title:
“Being a different golf course I never really treated it as -- it was always going to be a new test, a new test paper. So I just try to focus on the golf course. But in terms of -- I feel like I'm playing pretty free out there. I feel like I'm playing the golf course more aggressively each day."
2011 winner Rory McIlroy is in the hunt, finishing the first round one over par, and overall he was happy with his performance:
“What we saw this morning out there on that golf course is probably the most score-able it's going to be all week. I played well. I hit 14 greens. I think I only missed one fairway. I struggled with my speed on the greens. That was the only thing that really let me down today. But I played to my spots, stayed patient and was rewarded with a nice birdie at the last. It was a grind out there at times, but I think to shoot plus 1 is a solid day."
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