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US Open live blog: Martin Kaymer finishes 5-under, three shot lead

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The U.S. Open at Pinehurst is underway Thursday, and WNCN will keep you up to date with all the action from Pinehurst No. 2 with our live blog.

Earlier today, Webb Simpson shot 1-over through his first round and Brendon Todd shot 1-under through his first round. Here's what's happening now:

IT'S A WRAP: Kevin Streelman, who played at Duke, finished 5 over late Thursday.  And Ryan Blaum, another former Blue Devil, finished 3 over Thursday.

HE DOES IT! Kaymer saves par, and ends the day with a clubhouse low of 65, 5-under par and a three shot lead.

Kaymer has given himself a tough par putt on hole No. 18, will he save it, or fall a little closer to the field?

KAYMER CREATING DISTANCE: Kaymer birdies hole No. 16 and No. 17 and now has a three shot lead. With this course, that could be HUGE.  A big turn of events here.

HAAS FINISH: Bill Haas finished his first round at 2-over. He had two bogeys in his last nine, with no birdies.

OGILVIE AND WILSON FINISH: Ogilvie bogeys his final hole, coming into the clubhouse at 3-over. Wilson finished at even par on the day, putting him three back of the lead.

TV REMINDER: Whether you agreed with the calls or not, the first match of the World Cup has come to an end. U.S. Open coverage will return to ESPN at 6 p.m. Watch the final wave of golfers finish up the first round at Pinehurst No. 2.

A quick update, Martin Kaymer just took the lead with a birdie on hole No. 14. Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell and Brendon De Jonge each are one shot back at 2-under. Mark Wilson still sits at even par. Duke grad Joe Ogilvie birdied hole No. 7 to get back to 2-over. Wake Forest grad Bill Haas sits at 2-over par as well. Ryan Blaum, another Duke grad, is at 3-over, and fellow Duke grad Kevin Streelman is 6-over through 13 holes.

MULROY DONE: NC State grad Garth Mulroy is done on the day. He finishes with 1-over par, bogeying two of his last three holes.

WOW! Pinehurst No. 2 just knocked off a few players! Only four are tied for first, including Brendon De Jonge and Martin Kaymer.

Not a good way to end the round for Mulroy, bogeys again on hole No. 17, now stands at 1-over par.

Dustin Johnson bogeys hole No. 15, drops to 1-under for the round

UPDATE ON TV: Still looking to enjoy all the great golf action at Pinehurst No. 2? Coverage has moved to ESPN 2, and will go back to ESPN at 6 p.m.

With a bogey at hole No. 11, Bradley drops to 2-under. Seven golfers once again tied for the lead.

Haas bogeys hole No. 4, drops to 1-over par. The locals are starting to fall out of contention

And Garth Mulroy bogeys hole No. 16. Now at even par.

UPDATE ON LOCALS: The Duke grad Joe Ogilvie is sitting at 3-over par, UNC grad Mark Wilson is 1-over par, Bill Haas is 1-over, Duke grad Kevin Streelman is 4-over par, and Duke grad Ryan Blaum sits at 1-over.

Out of the chaos and clutter emerges a leader! Keegan Bradley birdies hole No. 10 to get to 3-under. Seung-Yul also birdies hole No. 9 to joining the clutter now tied for second.

GARTH: Mulroy has a long putt for birdie and just misses it, still sitting at 1-under, one shot off of the lead, now through 15 holes.

And Koepka misses a putt for par on hole No. 13, falls to 1-under.

Not a good stretch for some of the locals. Haas, Wilson, and Blaum all fall to 1-over par.

Jason Dufner birdies hole No. 9, grabs a share of the lead at 2-under. So now that's eight golfers with a share of the lead.

Quinn Fran hits a long putt FROM THE FRINGE on hole No. 15 to save his par, still at 2-under.

J.B. Holmes bogeys hole No. 18, falls to 1-under with the front nine still to play.

Why have seven golfers tied for the lead when you can have... eight!!! Quinn Fran sinks a birdie putt on hole No. 14 to take a piece of the lead at 2-under par.

Paul Casey of England with a birdie on hole No. 18 to bring him in the tie at 2-under. Still has the front nine to play.

Noh bogeys hole No. 5, drops to 1-under.

LOCAL GOLFERS UPDATE: Mulroy is still holding strong at 1-under through 11 holes. Haas is even through nine holes, Wilson is even through 10 holes, and Blaum is even through four holes.

Golfer Gary Woodland comes THIS close to a hole-in-one on hole No. 17. Just barely lips out.

Add another golfer to the group of those at 2-under, J.B. Holmes has birdied his last two holes.

HAAS: Bill Haas bogeys hole No. 18, now sitting at even par. He'll move on to the front nine.

Bubba Watson is struggling to start things, three bogeys in his first seven holes, the reigning Masters champ is sitting at 3-over par.

Dustin Johnson bogeys hole No. 8, falls back to 1-under par.

DUKE GOLFERS: Blaum still even through three holes, Streelman however takes a tumble, he has two bogeys through four holes.

Pinehurst giveth, and Pinehurst taketh away. After that great eagle on hole No. 5, Koepka bogeys hole No. 8, we now have seven golfers tied for first at 2-under par.

Newcomers to the 2-under bunch include Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, and Seung-Yul Noh

HAAS: He sinks the birdie putt to move back to 1-under par.

And just like that, Pinehurst creates chaos!!! Jimmy Walker drops two shots, getting a double bogey on hole no. 7! Bill Haas also dropped a shot to go to even par, however after a great tee shot on hole No. 17, he's got a chance to grab a birdie!

If you're getting ready to catch some of the U.S. Open on TV, it has now switched from the ESPN to WNCN. No worries, we'll be sure to keep you updated, even with Brazil and Croatia getting ready to kick off the World cup.

A little break in the action, let's get caught up on the leader board. Brooks Koepka is holding on to a tight lead at 3-under par through seven holes. Kevin Na and Graeme McDowell have both finished their rounds and stand at 2-under par. Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker are both at 2-under as well, and have only played through six holes. 16 golfers are tied at 1-under, including NC State grad Garth Mulroy.

STRONG FINISH: Mulroy ends the front nine on a high note! Grabs a birdie to go back to 1-under, heading to the back nine.

Duke grads Kevin Streelman and Ryan Blaum have gotten started here at Pinehurst No. 2. Streelman is 1-over, Blaum is at even-par.

MULROY: A bogey for Garth Mulroy, the NC State golfer falls to even par.

Mics cannot hold Dustin Johnson back! Finishes hole no. 6 with a par after bouncing off of a mic!

Duke grad Joe Ogilvie is struggling a bit, bogey and double bogey on back-to-back holes, now at 3-over par through seven holes.

Uh oh! Dustin Johnson is at 2-under through five, but may not stay that way. His first shot off the tee bounces off of a mic and in a terrible spot! Talk about an unlucky bounce...

Oops! May have spoken to soon, Wilson bogeys 15, drops back to even on the day.

HAAS: Bill Haas joins Garth Mulroy and Mark Wilson at 1-under, now two back of the lead.

WOW. We've got a new leader at Pinehurst No. 2! Brooks Koepka pulls out an eagle on hole No. 5! Now sits at 3-under.

We've got another player at 2-under! Jim Furyk nails a short putt, he's through four holes. Mulroy and Wilson still sit at 1-under. Joe Ogilvie and Wake Forest grad Bill Haas are at even par.

German golfer Alex Cejka is now tied for the lead at 2-under through five holes.

WILSON: Mark Wilson makes a move! Wilson knocks in a short putt to get to 1-under through three holes. 

After walking off of the course, some golfers are saying this will be one of the best days to score on Pinehurst No. 2. Really look for this wave of golfers starting now to really attack the hole.

LOCAL COLLEGE GRADS:  N.C. State grad Garth Mulroy is still sitting at 1-under through four; Duke grad Joe Ogilvie and UNC grad Mark Wilson sit at even par through two holes.

Reigning Masters winner Bubba Watson just began his round.

Most of the first wave of golfers are done for the day, American Kevin Na and Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland are tied for first at 2-under par. 12 other golfers are tied for third, including former Green Hope High school golfer Brendon Todd.

Todd and Simpson may be all done, but there is plenty more local action! Duke graduate Joe Ogilvie currently sits at even par through one hole, UNC graduate Mark Wilson also sits at even par through one hole.

South African native and NC State graduate Garth Mulroy has had a hot start! He sits at 1-under through three holes.

TODD ONE SHOT BACK: Green Hope high school alumn Brendon Todd finishes at 1-under par, just one shot back of the lead. With all the players talking about how difficult the greens have been, finishing under par puts Todd in excellent position for the weekend.

Phil Mickelson has finished his round today at even par.

Todd nearly had another great birdie putt, just misses, and is going into his last hole on the day at one back from the lead.

Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick is 19 years old, but is ATTACKING these greens like a veteran. Sitting at 1-over with a birdie opportunity coming up on hole No. 8, watch out for him!

Jordan Spieth is making a move, tied for first at 2-under and still two more holes to play.

SIMPSON DONE FOR THE DAY: Webb Simpson finishes his day with a par on hole No. 18. Now sits at 1-over, 3 shots off of the lead.

BRENDON TODD: Todd nails a LONG putt to move to one-under on the day through 16 holes.

Some of the leaders are finishing their rounds today. Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, and Brandt Snedeker all sit one shot off the lead at one-under. Kevin Na is tied for first at two-under for the day.

Webb Simpson goes up-and-in to save par, still sitting at 1-over par.

SIMPSON: Webb Simpson lands in the bunker after his tee shot on hole No. 17. He's going to need a great shot to save par.

Things are getting interesting at the top, four-way-tie for first, including Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na, all at 2-under par.

SIMPSON FALLS: Raleigh native Webb Simpson picks up a bogey on hole No. 16, now drops to 1-over par on the round.

Chad Collins, a graduate of Methodist College, has finished up his first round at 4-over par.

Matt Kuchar picks up his first bogey of the round! Drops to 2-under par through 16 holes. Locals Webb Simpson and Brendon Todd are now two shots off of the lead at even.

Phil Mickelson sinks a birdie putt to move to two under. Lefty is tied for second through 14 holes.

THEY'RE EVEN: Webb Simpson of Raleigh and Brendon Todd of Cary are both even, with Simpson having played 14 holes and Todd 13.

Simpson birdied No. 10 but hit wide right on No. 11 and settled for bogeye.

Todd bogeyed No. 2 but rallied with a birdie on par 3.

LOCAL UPDATE: Three players with North Carolina ties are competing Thursday morning in the U.S. Open.

Chad Collins, who played in college at Methodist in Fayetteville, teed off at 6:56 a.m. and is having a tough morning. Collins is 3-over through 13 holes.

Webb Simpson, the 2012 Open champion from Raleigh, started at 7:40 a.m. After a quick start that included two birdies, Simpson birdied No. 6 and 7 to drop to even. But after the turn, he posted a birdie at the par-5 10th hole, pushing him back up the leaderboard.

Simpson has not played as well this season but is looking to make a splash on a course he has played many times in his career.

Cary product Brendon Todd, who played at Green Hope High, is even after10 holes. Todd parred seven straight holes before bogeying No. 17 (Todd started on No. 10).

But Todd rebounded with a big birdie at the par-4 No. 18, the tough hole that is usually the finishing hole, and is even.

Eight players with North Carolina ties take the field this afternoon.

LEADER BOARD: Well, Brandt Snedeker just wiped out.

Snedeker had four birdies in his first eight holes and made the turn at 4-under 31.

Not a bad way to start the morning, huh?

But Pinehurst No. 2 was not amused. Snedeker promptly bogeyed No. 6 and then double-bogeyed No. 11 to plummet to 1-under.

Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, has snared the lead at 3-under. Kuchar posted three birdies on the first nine holes and didn't shoot a hole over par.

NUMBERS GAME: In case you were wondering, the purse for the U.S. Open is a sweet $8 million overall. 

Payne Stewart earned $625,000 for winning in 1999, when the purse was $3.5 million.

SIMPSON, TODD NOW EVEN: Back-to-back birdies have hurt Raleigh native Webb Simpson.

After a fast start, Simpson bogeyed the par-3 No. 6 and then the par-4 No. 7. That dropped him to even for the round after he birdied two of the first five holes.

Brendon Todd, who played golf in high school at Cary's Green Hope High, is also even through seven holes. Todd started his round on No. 10 and has shot par for seven straight holes.

MICKELSON UPDATE: The New York Times is reporting that the FBI and the Securities Exchange Commission have not found evidence that golfer Phil Mickelson traded stocks inappropriately. Mickelson has denied any wrongdoing.

The allegations broke right before the U.S. Open. It's the only major Mickelson has never won, and he famously lost to Payne Stewart in the epic Open at Pinehurst in 1999.

Mickelson was 1-under through seven holes Thursday.

SNEDEKER ON FIRE: No one is starting the U.S. Open faster than Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker, who was born in Nashville, Tenn., and played at Vanderbilt, birdied a stunning four of the first eight holes to go to 4-under through nine holes. Snedeker birdied No. 1, 5, 7 and 8 and smoothly shot par on the other five holes.

Snedeker hasn't finished in the top 10 all season and has won only $40,500 on the tour this season.

SIMPSON STARTS FAST: Raleigh native Webb Simpson is off to a fast start in the U.S. Open after teeing off at 7:40 a.m.

Simpson, who now lives in Charlotte, birdied the 402-yard par-4 hole No. 1.

Simpson then parred the next three holes to sit at 1-under.

Simpson shot another birdie at the par-5 No. 5, putting him at 2-under. That put him in second place early.

Pinehurst No. 2 is a virtual home course for Simpson, who grew up in Raleigh and who played the course often while growing up. He played in high school at Broughton and in college at Wake Forest.

Pinehurst No. 2 is playing to a par-70 for the U.S. Open, and Michael Campbell won the 2005 Open in Pinehurst with a total score of 280 – right at par.

Birdies are expected to be tough to come by at Pinehurst this time, too, with the new rough featuring tons of wire grass to punish poor shots.

Brendon Todd, who grew up in Cary, teed off Thursday at 8:05 a.m. Todd started on the 10th hole and shot par for both No. 10 and 11.

Chad Collins, who played at Methodist in Fayetteville, drew an early start – 6:56 a.m. – and had a tough day early on. Collins started on No. 10 and started with three straight pars before bogeying No. 13 and No. 15. Collins is 2-over through his first six holes.

FINDING THE OPEN ON TV: The U.S. Open will be on multiple outlets, including WNCN, throughout the day.

Thursday morning, the Open is live on ESPN until 3 p.m. 

NBC's coverage of the Open will be carried on WNCN from 3 to 5 p.m. today. Then from 5 to 6 p.m., coverage will be on ESPN2. From 6 to 7 p.m.

WNCN's Dane Huffman and Louis Fernandez contributed to this report.

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