The first round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament is in the books, and guess what?
After all the talk about how much more difficult Pinehurst No. 2 was going to play after drastic renovations, scores were about the same for the first round this time as they were when the Open was played there both in 1999 and 2005.
And there were more scores in the 60s than in the first rounds of the last two U.S. Open tournaments played at Merion and The Olympic Club, respectively.
It helped Thursday morning that the course was moist after an overnight watering and early cloudy conditions that kept it from getting baked out. That might change as the tournament rolls on—but in the meantime, the holes all played about the same for everyone who competed, whether they teed off in the morning or later in the afternoon after the sun had emerged from under the cloud cover.
Read on to see who were the biggest winners and losers during the opening 18 holes.