US Open Begins today in Pinehurst

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US Open Begins today in Pinehurst

USGA's most talked about event is kicking off today in Pinehurst NC. The course has been updated (moving it back more to it's original conditions) and some holes lengthened. Scattered thunderstorms have been hitting the Carolina's the last week so will that soften things up a little bit? We'll see.

Television: (All times Eastern)

Thursday, Round 1
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ESPN
3:00-5:00 p.m. NBC
5:00-7:00 p.m. ESPN 2

Friday, Round 2
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ESPN
3:00-5:00 p.m. NBC
5:00-7:00 p.m. ESPN 2

Saturday, Round 3
12:00-7:30 p.m. NBC

Sunday, Final Round
12:00-7:30 p.m. NBC

Live streaming will be on WatchESPN, with certain players being followed by USOpen.com.

Thursday tee times for Top 15 players:

Adam Scott: 1:25 p.m.
Henrik Stenson: 7:29 a.m.
Bubba Watson: 1:25 p.m.
Matt Kuchar: 7:29 a.m.
Rory McIlroy: 7:40 a.m.
Jason Day: 7:18 a.m.
Sergio Garcia: 7:18 a.m.
Justin Rose: 7:51 a.m.
Jordan Spieth: 8:13 a.m.
Phil Mickelson: 7:51 a.m.
Jim Furyk: 1:03 p.m.
Hideki Matsuyama: 8:13 a.m.
Zach Johnson: 7:40 a.m.
Dustin Johnson: 1:03 p.m.

Other notables:
Jason Dufner: 1:47 p.m.
Luke Donald: 1:25 p.m.
Miguel Angel Jimenez: 7:51 a.m.
Rickie Fowler: 8:13 a.m.
Webb Simpson: 7:40 a.m.

Course length: 7,562 yards

Par: 36-34-70

Field: 156 players

Betting: The latest odds

Favorite: Rory McIlroy

Purse: $8,000,000; Rose received $1,440,000 for his victory last year.

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Kaymer shoots 5-under in opening round of the US Open, lead @ 3

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Much to his delight, Martin Kaymer discovered that Pinehurst No. 2 was even more different than he imagined in the U.S. Open.

This wasn't the beast of a course that Kaymer and so many other players were expecting.

This was a day for scoring.

Kaymer made six birdies Thursday afternoon, three on the final five holes, that sent the 29-year-old German to the lowest score in three Opens held at Pinehurst No. 2. He made a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a three-shot lead.

"It was more playable than I thought," he said. "I think that made a big difference mentally, that you feel like there are actually some birdies out there, not only bogeys."

More from ESPN.com

Martin Kaymer focused on the positives Thursday and it led to the lowest round ever in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst, writes Bob Harig. Story

There were no A grades on the first day of the U.S. Open, but the good news is there's plenty of room for improvement, writes Farrell Evans. Story

Rickie Fowler's touching tribute to Payne Stewart in Round 1 of the U.S. Open shows he gets it, writes Ian O'Connor. Story

So much was made of the new look at No. 2, which was restored to its old look from more than a half-century ago. There also was plenty of talk that this U.S. Open would be as tough as any U.S. Open.

When he finished his final day of practice Wednesday under a broiling sun, Kaymer was asked what it would take to win.

"I said plus 8 because the way the golf course played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday," he said. "But obviously, they softened the conditions a little bit so it was more playable. So hopefully, I'm not right with the plus 8. I would be disappointed."

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Scott Rushing
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Just no stopping Kaymer

The man is on complete control of his game this week. A former World #1, he's found it all this week and looks like he's about to sew of his first US Open Championship by 3, 4 or 5 strokes. Nice week.

Now, we move to the ladies this week at Pinehurst #2! Can't wait.

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