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Kaymer’s 65 tops leader board at U.S. Open

First Round – USGA – 114th U.S. Open –Pinehurst Resort No. 2 – Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina–

Germany’s Martin Kaymer was one of just 15 players to break par in the opening round of the 114th U.S. Open.

Kaymer, 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking, led the way with a 5-under-65 at Pinehurst No. 2 to secure a three-shot advantage after 18 holes. He carded a back-nine 31 and had just one bogey on his score card.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, headlines a group including Brendon de Jonge, Fran Quinn and Kevin Na at T-2 after shooting 68. G-Mac played in the morning wave leading for much of the day until Kaymer’s late-day heroics.

Some of the pre-tournament favorites survived day one at Pinehurst.

Phil Mickelson, gunning for the career Grand Slam, was 2-under for a stretch before settling for an even-par 70. World No. 1 Adam Scott managed just one birdie and sits T-68, while defending champion Justin Rose shot 72.

A score of players are 1-under after 69s including Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth. Kuch and Sneds led for a stretch. Snedeker raced out to a 4-under tally through eight before running into trouble at holes 10-11-12 – where he was 4-over.

Kaymer, a 35-to-1 pre-tournament betting selection at www.skybet.com, won THE PLAYERS Championship in May and already has a major title winning the PGA Championship just a few seasons ago. The former World No. 1 has 10 European Tour victories (from 2008-2011) and ranks 11th on the PGA Tour in the All-Around Category and fourth in Total Driving heading into this week.

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  • International-born players have won seven of the last 10 U.S. Open titles.
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