Martin Kaymer came into the 2014 US Open with 40-1 odds. He scorched Pinehurst No. 2 to the tune of a course record 5-under. He's your leader, but it's a crowded pack behind him, which should make for entertaining Friday.
For a recap of the day's events, including best photos, GIFs, tweets and commentary check out what's below:
7:31 PM: This seems like a good place to finish things off. What a finish by Kaymer. It's been fun, everyone! Another 12 hours tomorrow? I'm in. See you bright and early.
7:08 PM: A thing called Frank Quinn is within three strokes of the US Open lead after Day 1. I think we're done here.
6:58 PM: I'm guessing this is correct.
Three more 65s and Kaymer will be tough to beat.— Zack Robinson (@zackrobinson26) June 12, 2014
6:45 PM: Martin Kaymer drops a sick 65, the lowest round ever at a US Open at Pinehurst.
6:35 PM: Your Northwestern power rankings:
Fran Quinn: 1 under
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 1 over
Luke Donald: 7 over
6:28 PM: This is pretty eerie.
Average #USOpen Champion (last 10 yrs) is 31 years old, 28 in the world with 23 previous majors. Kaymer is 29, ranked 28, played 24 majors.— Jamie Kennedy (@jamieonsport) June 12, 2014
6:24 PM: Martin Kaymer is locked in right now. He's all the way to 5 under which qualifies as running away with this tournament like Usain Bolt right now.
5:55 PM: I feel like Kevin Stadler after walking 36. #Tired
5:44 PM: Hah, this cracked me up. And yes, I have World Cup cranking on the laptop.
"What a flop." Compliment in golf. Diss in any other sport.— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) June 12, 2014
5:33 PM: This photo is tremendous.
5:23 PM: Keegan is rocking the red, white, and blue Jordans today, by the way.
5:20 PM: There are 99 golfers at -2, -1, E, +1, +2, or +3. That's unbelievable.
5:14 PM: It's that time of day..
4:38 PM: Keegan Bradley leads the US Open at 3 under.
4:26 PM: Bubba Watson is 5 over including 2 over on the par-5s so far. I'm guessing that wasn't part of his game plan for the week..
4:17 PM: Brazil just scored an own goal. The guy who did it might want to see if he can get in touch with Anthony Kim to see how to disappear as quickly as possible.
4:02 PM: This response to my sarcastic Tiger Woods tweet was amazing.
3:52 PM: Rickie Fowler is taking over our live blog. Here he is at the 9th hole with the pin about directly to his right. He chipped to about 10 feet but missed the putt for par.
3:43 PM: Say what you want about the downfalls of golf (slow play etc.) but at least we don't have to deal with Pitbull..
3:26 PM: Why he's the GOAT.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is practicing 10-footers, moving counter-clockwise around one hole. He just stopped to relight his cigar. #usopen— Ashley Mayo (@AshleyKMayo) June 12, 2014
3:10 PM: Sorry I've been out, been working on some stories for the site. Brooks Koepka leading, eh? Am I the only one who thinks he looks like Adam Scott Jr.?
2:25 PM: This is just the coolest.
1:54 PM: /dead
1:48 PM: Well, yes.
Just saw Miguel Angel Jimeñez give Graham McDowell a horse collar/bear hug in media zone after GMac's 68. Greenlight this buddy comedy, plz.— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) June 12, 2014
1:47 PM: I love the Stricker-Furyk-Haas grouping. I presume that was a nod to the most boring fellas on tour.
1:46 PM: I'm back, ready for the afternoon. Let's get you going with our cuteest photo of the day so far.
1:16 PM: Okay, I have to eat or I'm going to pass out. You're on your own for the next few minutes.
1:03 PM: The richest man at Pinehurst today is the fella on the right. Read his story here.
1:01 PM: Oh this is not good.
Rodney Dangerfield specials on the 15th scoreboard earlier. Phil Mickelson spelled "Michelson," Matt Kuchar spelled "Kucher."— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) June 12, 2014
12:57 PM: The Mechanic shoots 72. He'll be in the mix. The margarita mix as well as the tournament.
12:48 PM: Here's an even better look:
12:46 PM: Oh my gosh, Justin Rose.
Justin Rose almost whiffs - https://t.co/TTf1p2JOP3— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) June 12, 2014
12:42 PM: Graeme McDowell ties Kevin Na for the clubhouse lead with a 68. Rory McIlroy finishes up with a good 71.
12:31 PM: Matt Kuchar is in with par and shoots 69, tied with Snedeker, one behind Kevin Na.
12:22 PM: Matt Kuchar just hit a ball into the Pinehurst clubhouse. Wow.
12:17 PM: Scott Van Pelt just said "Will Grimmer doesn't weigh 125 pounds with $20 in quarters in his pocket."
12:15 PM: I picked Spieth to miss the cut. LOL.
12:10 PM: This is what the US Open does to you.
11:58 AM: Random broadcasting thought -- Scott Van Pelt and Chris Berman both get creative when pronouncing names. One works and the other doesn't at all.
11:51 AM: Lefty birdies No. 5 to get to 2 under, just one back of Matt Kuchar.
Look who's now at 2-under pic.twitter.com/V65DjpVbxX— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) June 12, 2014
11:44 AM: Brandt Snedeker has six birdies today. What is this, the Phoenix Open?
11:39 AM: US Open all day, World Cup later this afternoon, and Heat-Spurs tonight. Is this a top five sports day of the year?
11:34 AM: Thursday -- lead US Open, Friday -- Buy milk, Saturday -- Drink wine, Sunday -- win US Open.
11:27 AM: The Mechanic is ready for the US Open -- on a related note I'm not totally sure I can do this.
11:26 AM: Tiger and MJ coming to Pinehurst. They might be.
11:10 AM: Rickie Fowler just parred nine holes in a row and then broke the streak with a birdie. I'm guessing that's a good formula for success here this week.
10:56 AM: I'm not sure if I'm in the minority or majority here but I really love the sandy waste as rough at a US Open. It seems less manufactured and more true to how golf should be played.
10:52 AM: Here is the biggest Adam Scott fan ever.
10:49 AM: This made me laugh for some reason.
Woman at 3rd tee just shouted to Phil "I've been praying for you!" He gave her a thumbs-up.— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) June 12, 2014
10:44 AM: Nothing to report but Miguel Angel Jimenez is on the course, you guys.
10:24 AM: Brandt Snedeker opens the back nine with a pair of sixes. Here's your new leaderboard:
10:12 AM: Mickelson turns in 34, a great start.
10:08 AM: I can confirm this.
Nobody spins a golf club like Rory McIlroy spins a golf club. #toursauce— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 12, 2014
10:07 AM: Graeme McDowell went with the early bogey-eagle one-two punch. Unconventional but he's 1 under and just two back.
10:01 AM: This was awesome. SVP really is the best.
Golf broadcast is getting interesting thanks to SVP https://t.co/JXh1j8EalS— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) June 12, 2014
9:56 AM: Why is everyone saying Phil Mickelson is totally in the clear when it comes to insider trading? Read the entire report. He's still being investigated for his alleged Dean Foods trading, only cleared of Clorox.
9:40 AM: Snedeker turns in 31. Still on 62 watch.
9:38 AM: Oh boy.
Tiger Woods calling in a rules violation this week would be the ultimate trolling move of all-time.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 12, 2014
9:35 AM: Brandt Snedeker is 4 under and is putting for a front-nine 30. Who cares about the 59 watch, how about the 63 watch?
9:28 AM: Mickelson just flipped his second shot on the other side of the green. Not a pretty hole but it looks like he's going to save bogey and go to 1 under.
9:21 AM: This just happened to Phil Mickelson...it's not going to be a pretty week on the greens.
Want to know why Pinehurst will be tough all week? Shots like this. https://t.co/qXwYqzPW4Y— Trevor Reaske (@Tap_In_Golf) June 12, 2014
9:19 AM: If the leaderboard on Saturday night is what it is right now: Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Brandt Snedeker, and Matt Kuchar...I mean...that would be insane.
9:13 AM: I think Mickelson thinks he can win this tournament today. Maybe we'll look back and say he did.
9:08 AM: Hah!
12 players currently par at the US Open, the USGA have sent out park rangers to have them shot, by Jove. Splendid.— Tweeter Alliss (@TweeterAlliss) June 12, 2014
9:01 AM: Live golf on TV, I'm giddy.
8:49 AM: Ugh, Justin Rose is such a hack. Even thru three and he's trailing the amateur in his group by two and the dude who can't win a US Open by one.
8:37 AM: I just flipped my USGA leaderboard page to show "amateurs only" -- these buffoons playing golf for money just don't interest me. For Bobby Jones!
8:34 AM: What time does the Big Cat tee off? He's going to be down to some large names whenever he does.
8:28 AM: I do like this leaderboard so far.
8:11 AM: Phil Mickelson birdies No. 10, his first hole, if he does that 71 more times I'm guessing he's going to win the tournament.
7:34 AM: Okay, I'm off to Starbucks to order a 12-hour-live-blog-sized coffee. I will return shortly. Likely to some Sergio tears or Phil in trouble.
7:30 AM: A couple of stats to keep in mind for the first round...
Will field hit even half the greens in regulation? Over last 15 US Opens, 3 times field hit under 50%. 2 of them came at Pinehurst.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 12, 2014
The U.S. Open is underway. Each of the last 15 U.S. Open winners shot 72 or lower in 1st round.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 12, 2014
7:26 AM: Rickie Fowler's DGAF meter is set to zero with that Payne Stewart tribute. The moment of the week so far.