US Open 2014: 5 Takeaways From Day 1

What We Learned From Round 1 at the 2014 US Open

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The first round of the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 concluded on Thursday, and the second round is currently underway. What did we learn from the first round?

5. The “Heavyweights” Group Is Upset

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5. The “Heavyweights” Group Is Upset

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The US Open makes groupings for the first two rounds based on players sharing a trait. This year, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel—all have won the Masters--are paired together for the opening two rounds. Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson—all have won the US Open--are in a grouping as well. Kevin Stadler, Shane Lowry and Brendon de Jonge aren’t happy that their size is why they seem to be grouped together.

4. Rickie Fowler And His Outfit Were Awesome

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4. Rickie Fowler And His Outfit Were Awesome

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Rickie Fowler, who always dresses in bright colors, wore an outfit with knickers to pay homage to Payne Stewart. There is a statue of Stewart at Pinehurst, in his winning pose from the 1999 US Open. Rickie’s clothing option was awesome and he finished the day at even so he was in the mix at the close of day one.

3. Some Favorites Underachieved

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3. Some Favorites Underachieved

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There were six golfers who everyone expected to play better: Adam Scott (3-over), Jason Day (3-over), Sergio Garcia (3-over), Lee Westwood (5-over), Bubba Watson (6-over), and Luke Donald (8-over). The first four are have the talent and are capable of winning a major, but none of them has yet. Scott is the world number one ranked player, and Bubba is number three and he’s won two Masters. All six have some work to do to make it to the weekend.

2. Pinehurst No. 2 Might Actually Be Fair

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2. Pinehurst No. 2 Might Actually Be Fair

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No one completely dominated Pinehurst or the field on day one, except for Martin Kaymer who shot an opening round five-under 65 to take sole possession of first place, but 15 players finished the day under par and 21 were at even par when the round one concluded. It’s always expected that the US Open will be a grueling test, and while the course wasn’t easy, it might not have been as tough as everyone thought it would be.

1. Martin Kaymer Played Really Well

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1. Martin Kaymer Played Really Well

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All Kaymer did on Thursday was fire a 5-under 65 which included six birdies and one bogey. This also happens to be the lowest score ever recorded in a US Open round at Pinehurst No. 2. Maybe Kaymer is riding the momentum from winning the Players Championship recently. Maybe he’s just that good. Either way, the other players are going to have their work cut out for them if Kaymer can keep this up through the next three rounds.


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