U.S. Open Golf 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Day 2

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U.S. Open Golf 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Day 2
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No Tiger Woods, no problem for golf's 2014 U.S. Open leaderboard.

Storylines galore still emerged on Day 1 in Woods' injury-induced absence.

Here's an updated leaderboard and what to watch out for on Day 2.

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3. Floundering Favorites

Bubba Watson probably wishes he could just play the Masters over and over and over again. He won two out of the last three green jackets, including this year's, but hasn't finished in the top 10 in any other major since 2011. In the U.S. Open, he hasn't finished better than tied for 18th since 2008, and his struggles continued on Thursday.

Watson entered with 18-1 odds to win the tournament, according to Odds Shark, the fourth-highest probability of the field, but he sits at +6, tied for 123rd. Only those in the top 60 make the cut after Day 2. Four strokes behind the last golfer on pace to make the cut, Watson needs a fabulous Friday to keep playing.

If the cut was yesterday, Adam Scott wouldn't have made it either. Odds Shark pegged him with the second-highest odds to win the U.S. Open at 12-1. But Scott also has historically struggled at the major, never finishing better than tied for 15th.

Sitting at +3 tied for 67th, though, he's doesn't need the miracle that Watson needs to play on Saturday.

 

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2. Martin Kaymer the Dominator

Of the 157 golfers in the U.S. Open, only one shot better than -2 on Day 1. That would be Kaymer.

Kaymer didn't enter as a super sleeper. Odds Shark listed his odds at 40-1, the 18th-highest probability to win, but he blew those away. He woke up on Friday at -5 with a cushion he could only dream of the night before.

Kaymer is ranked just the 28th-best player on the PGA Tour, and he hasn't had an attention-grabbing season. He just won The Players Championship in May, but it was only one of two top-10 finishes.

However, while he hasn't finished better than tied for 12th in a major since 2011, Kaymer placed in the top eight in four out of five majors between the 2009 and 2010 PGA Championships. He won the latter. Kaymer hasn't been on top in a long time, but he's still no stranger to it.

 

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1. Sleepers in Striking Distance

The top six of the U.S. Open leaderboard is flooded with players who aren't supposed to be there.

According to Odds Shark, Kevin Na, Brendon Todd and Francesco Molinari entered the tournament with lines at 100-1, Brendon de Jonge 150-1 and Fran Quinn 1,000-1. Na, Quinn and de Jonge are tied for second at -2, and Todd and Molinari are tied for sixth at -1.

Quinn stands out the most of the five. The PGA Tour noted on Twitter that he hasn't done this in a while.

Quinn isn't listed among the 999 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking. The best he's ever finished in a major is tied for 43rd at the 1994 U.S. Open. If Quinn were to go on to win, it'd be one of the greatest upsets in U.S. Open history.

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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