2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC June 12, 2014 –Round 1
Martin Kaymer, first-round leader (5-under-par 65)
- His 5-under 65 is the lowest round in the U.S. Open since Jason Day and Lee Westwood shot 65 in the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Lucas Glover shot a 6-under 64 in the second round of the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage.
- The 5-under 65 is the lowest opening-round in the U.S. Open since Rory McIlroy shot 65 in 2011 at Congressional. Mike Weir shot a 6-under 64 in the first round at Bethpage in 2009. The lowest opening-round score in a U.S. Open is 7-under 63 by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in 1980 at Baltusrol.
- Kaymer’s 5-under 65 is the lowest round in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst. The previous low was a 66 in the second round in 2005 by Peter Hedblom.
- The 5-under 65 is his lowest round in 23 U.S. Open rounds. His previous best was a 1-under 69 in 2009.
- The winner of The Players Championship has never won the U.S. Open in the same year.
- Martin Kaymer and Brandt Snedeker’s six birdies in the first round are tied for a U.S. Open record at Pinehurst. Brandt Jobe (2005, first round), Michael Campbell (2005, second round) and Tiger Woods (2005, fourth round) also accomplished the feat.
- Brandt Snedeker’s first-nine 31 and Martin Kaymer’s second-nine 31 tied a Pinehurst U.S. Open record for lowest nine-hole score, joining Brandt Jobe (2005, second round, second nine). The U.S. Open record for lowest nine-hole score is 29, shared by Neil Lancaster (1995, fourth round, second nine; 1996, second round, second nine) and Vijay Singh (2003, second round, second nine).
- In three of the last four U.S. Opens, the opening-round lead has been three strokes (2011: Rory McIlroy; 2012: Michael Thompson; 2014: Martin Kaymer).
- Kevin Na’s 2-under 68 was his first under-par round in nine U.S. Open rounds.
- Masters champion Bubba Watson opened with a 6-over 76 (T-122). The only reigning Masters champion to miss the cut at the U.S. Open since 1995 was Watson in 2012 at The Olympic Club.
- Only four players shot 80 or higher in the first round at Pinehurst, compared to 10 in 2013 at Merion and 13 in 2012 at Olympic.
- Fifteen players broke par in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open. That is the most in a round since 32 players broke par in the fourth round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.
- The top 16 players on the first-round leader board represent seven different countries: Germany, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Japan, Wales and the United States of America.
- The scoring average of 73.23 is the lowest opening round scoring average since 2003 at Olympia Fields when it was 72.68.
- The 493-yard par-4 11th played as the most difficult hole in Round 1, with a stroke average of 4.47. In 1999, it was the 13th-most difficult hole at 453 yards and in 2005 was the fifth-most difficult at 476 yards.
- The only hole to play under par in Round 1 was the par-5 fifth.
- Field statistics
- Fairways Hit – 1999: 66%; 2005: 49%; 2014: 71%
- Greens in Regulation – 1999: 47%; 2005: 50%; 2014: 58%
- Birdies – 1999: 322; 2005: 259; 2014: 304
- Scoring Average – 1999: 72.86; 2005: 74.70; 2014: 73.23