5:30pm CDT: How about amature Morgan Hoffman sharing the lead with Paul Casey. The Oklahoma State standout wasn't a name that I'm sure anyone knew about prior to, well, right now.
4:56pm CDT: Tiger still without a birdie through five holes. But being only two shots back, it's not imperative that he makes a big move right now.
4:50pm CDT: Tiger Woods on the green in five but he'll have a lot of work to do if he's going to get his first birdie of the day.
Lee Westwood, on the same hole, landed his tee shot in the greenside bunker.
4:47pm CDT: Don't look now but Morgan Hoffman, a sophomore from Oklahoma State, is one shot back of Paul Casey.
Could an amateur really make some noise this week?
4:45pm CDT: Paul Casey the current leader at two-under par, right behind him just one shot back are guys like Kenny Perry and Jerry Kelly.
4:43pm CDT: Rocco Mediate with back-to-back birdies to get back to even par.
4:41pm CDT: Note to Lee Westwood: You gotta hit it Alice
4:38pm CDT: Tiger looks a little more aggressive today than I thought he would be, but that's the mentality he needs to have out here if he's going to score big.
Jerry Kelly draining a LONG putt to go to one-under par for the round.
4:31pm CDT: Steven Wheatcroft with a bogey and he'll fall back with the rest of the pack at one-under par.
4:26pm CDT: Speaking of Tiger Woods, he has three straight pars to start his day and is even par heading to the fourth.
4:22pm CDT: We're back online and back with the 110th US Open. The leading score is still two-under par and you have one of the best golfers in the game currently on the course.
Steven Wheatcroft is atop the leaderboard at two-under par, followed by the likes of K.J. Choi, Mike Weir, and Ian Poulter who are all at one-under par.
2:54pm CDT: To all those that have hung out with us this morning and this afternoon, I appreciate it. I'll be back with you around 4:30pm CDT which is a few minutes before Tiger Woods tees off.
Feel free to come back and be part of the fun.
2:50pm CDT: Pebble Beach is certainly not giving up big numbers. Will that bode well for Tiger Woods when he steps onto the course in a little under an hour?
Let's not forget that this was the same place that he unleashed a 15-stroke victory at a US Open several years ago.
2:37pm CDT: Sorry for the delay folks, duty called. While we were away, KJ Choi finally cooled off and has fallen back to one-under par, leaving MIke Weir all alone on top of the leaderboard at two-under par.
1:50pm CDT: Paul Sheehan and Deane Pappas are still fighting for the "I'm Having a Hard Day" award as both are at 10-over par today.
Pappas was six-over on the front nine and is currently four-over on the back nine with one hole to go.
Sheehan was only three-over on the front nine but has exploded for seven-over par on the back nine.
Who wants it more?
1:44pm CDT: Something that comes as a surprise to me. Phil Mickelson has yet to pick up a single birdie today. After six straight pars to open his round, Mickelson would bogey four of his next seven holes and is four over par today.
1:40pm CDT: Mike Weir picks up his third straight birdie and he moves to two-under par for his round. He birdied the par three 12th, the par four 13th, and par five 15th hole.
1:38pm CDT: K.J. Choi has caught fire with yet another birdie and he moves into sole possession of first place at three-under par. He is six-under over his last 11 holes.
1:32pm CDT: Paul Sheehan has started to inch away from Deane Pappas for my "I'm Having a Hard Day" award. A bogey at 15 puts him at nine-over par and is currently six-over par through his first six holes on the back nine.
1:30pm CDT: Soren Kjeldsen is having a rough go of it on the back nine. He ended his first nine holes at three-under par but is currently two-over on the back nine to fall to one-under par.
Current co-leaders are K.J. Choi and David Toms, both at two-under par.
1:25pm CDT: A guy who has just kept hanging around and hanging around, Rafael Cabrera-Bello with a birdie at six (started on the back nine) and he's at one-under on his round today.
Cabrera-Bello was on top of the leaderboard for most of his first nine holes before he bogeyed 17 and 18.
1:22pm CDT: Mike Weir joining the fray with back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 and he's one shot back of the leaders.
1:20pm CDT: Soren Kjeldsen holding strong at two-under par through 13 holes. Seems he doesn't want to let go of the lead. Three birdies, nine pars, and one bogey on his round today.
1:18pm CDT: KJ Choi with yet another birdie at 13 and he is tied for the lead at two-under par. He is five-under par since starting his day at three-over.
Also joining the leaders is David Toms at two-under. Just as I say that, Edoardo Molinari bogeys 14 and falls one back of the leaders.
1:14pm CDT: Update on the top of the leaderboard.
Edoardo Molinari and Soren Kjeldsen are co-leaders at two-under par.
K.J. Choi, Ian Poulter, Robert Karlsson, and Jason Gore are all one shot back at one-under par.
1:07pm CDT: Just when it looked like Tim Clark might make a little bit of a run, he bogeys two of his first three holes on the back nine and falls to one-over par for the round.
1:05pm CDT: Robert Karlsson picks up a bogey at eight and falls to one-under par, one shot back of the leaders.
1:01pm CDT: Update on the much coveted "I'm Having a Hard Day" award because I know you're all sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for an update.
At this point, it's a two horse race for the day's trophy.
Deane Pappas and Paul Sheehan are going toe-to-toe and are both eight-over par on teh day.
Pappas has six bogeys and one double-bogey while Sheehan has four bogeys and two double-bogeys.
12:56pm CDT: Disappointing bogey for Jim Furyk on hole number two (started on the back nine) and he falls back to even par for the day.
12:52pm CDT: K.J. Choi making his typical run and it's coming at the right time. He started his day at three-over par after going bogey, double-bogey. Since then, he's four-under par through his last nine holes.
12:47pm CDT: Phil Mickelson is going in the wrong direction. Three straight bogeys to close out his front nine and he's three over par going to the back nine.
Two other Americans having disappointing days are Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney, both at four-over par after eight holes.
12:44pm CDT: David Toms making a move. He has three birdies over his last five holes and is two-under par for his day, tied for the lead at the US Open.
Robert Karlsson also with three birdies in his last five to tie for the lead at two-under par.
12:41pm CDT: K.J. Choi making a comeback after a rough start to his day. He's three-under par through his final seven holes and is currently two shots back of the leaders.
12:40pm CDT: Kjeldsen with a bogey at 11 and he falls back to two-under par and a two-way tie with Edoardo Molinari.
12:30pm CDT: Soren Kjeldsen still holding strong at three-under par on his round, one shot better than Edoardo Molinari who's two-under par.
12:21pm CDT: Ian Poulter making a small run with two birdies in his last four holes. He's currently one-under par through six.
12:17pm CDT: Back-to-back bogeys from Phil Mickelson on 16 and 17 and he falls back to two-over par for the day.
Padraig Harrington is on a streak of his own, but not the good kind. After starting one-under par through five, he has three straight bogeys and falls back to two-over par.
12:11pm CDT: A few guys that are yet to tee off that will be worth watching this afternoon.
Ben Curtis, David Duval, Tom Lehman, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, and of course Tiger Woods.
12:09pm CDT: Edoardo Molinari with a bogey at 10 and it gives Soren Kjeldsen a two shot lead.
12:05pm CDT: After six straight pars, Mickelson bogeys the par four 16th and is one-over par through seven holes.
Nick Watney adds another bogey to his day and is three over through five.
12:00pm CDT: Soren Kjeldsen still holding on to his one shot lead after his first nine holes, currently at three-under par.
He leads Jim Furyk and Edoardo Molinari who are both at two-under par through eight and nine holes respectively.
11:52am CDT: Deane Pappas is really wanting the much coveted "I'm Having a Hard Day" award. Four bogeys and a double-bogey on the front nine and he starts the back nine with a double-bogey.
11:48am CDT: After pars on his first three holes, Nick Watney double-bogeys the par four 13th hole and drops to two-over par through four holes.
11:46am CDT: Where are the golf fans this morning? Don't make me breakout the Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton impressions.
11:43am CDT: Gotta give props to K.J. Choi. After a bogey, double-bogey start to his day, he's birdied two of his next five and is back to one-over for the day. Still definitely in striking distance of the leaders.
11:40am CDT: Soren Kjeldsen holding strong at three-under par through seven holes and is all alone atop the leaderboard.
Edoardo Molinari, Toru Taniguchi, and Jim Furyk are all one shot back at two-under par on the day.
11:36am CDT: Is it just me or is everyone else waiting for Phil Mickelson to make some sort of a move. He's even par through his first five holes on the day.
Waiting Phil, just waiting.
11:33am CDT: Most of the guys that were first to tee off this morning, with exception to one, are no longer factors at the top of the leaderboard.
11:29am CDT: Jim Furyk with a birdie at 15 and he moves to two-under par for his round, just one shot back of the current leader, Soren Kjeldsen (-3).
11:27am CDT: How do you like this three-some teeing off at 1:36pm PDT.
Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, and Tiger Woods
11:21am CDT: A quick rundown of some of the Americans and where they are in the field.
Jim Furyk, Justin Leonard (-1)
Charles Warren (E)
Phil Mickelson (E)
Nick Watney (E)
Jason Dufner (E)
Eric Axley (E)
Bo Van Pelt, Zach Johnson (+1)
Matt Kuchar, Scott Verplank, Stewart Cink, Ricky Barnes, David Toms (+1)
11:18am CDT: Soren Kjeldsen has picked up three birdies in his last four holes and is bogey free so far. He currently has a one shot lead, at three-under par, over Edoardo Molinari and Toru Taniguchi who are at two-under par.
11:15am CDT: Going hard after my "I'm Having a Hard Day" award is John Mallinger who has bogeyed 15, 16, and 17 and is five-over par after eight holes.
But Deane Pappas wasn't going to hear of it and promptly double-bogeyed eight to go to six-over par for his day.
11:08am CDT: Fresno State alum, Nick Watney, is on the course and is even par through one as he starts his day on the back nine. For those of you who haven't seen it, I did a piece on him a few days after he played in The Colonial in Forth Worth, Texas.
11:07am CDT: Tim Clark with a birdie at five and he's one-under par for his round.
11:04am CDT: Jim Furyk picks up a birdie on the 13th hole (his fourth of the day) and he is just one shot back of leader Soren Kjeldsen (-2).
10:58am CDT: Six guys competing for my now famous "I'm Having a Hard Day" award.
John Mallinger, Derek Lamely, Deane Pappas, Paul Sheehan, Francesco Molinari, and K.J. Choi all at three-over par for the day.
10:52am CDT: Anyone surprised that there are only four guys under par so far? Soren Kjeldsen (-2), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-1), Hiroyuki Fujita (-1), and Padraig Harrington (-1).
10:46am CDT: Padraig Harrington with a birdie on his second hole and he's one under through two.
10:42am CDT: Francesco Molinari has hit a bump in the road in his first round today. After opening the day with a birdie, he bogeyed two and three and double-bogeyed four and is currently three-over par. Ouch.
10:40am CDT: Soren Kjeldsen with a birdie at four and he takes the outright lead at two-under par.
10:38am CDT: Phil Mickelson, 2010 Masters Champion, is on the course and is even par through one.
10:34am CDT: Deane Pappas, who was even par through his first two holes, has bogeyed three straight holes and is three-over par through five.
10:33am CDT: Jim Furyk picks up a birdie at the par three 12th, his third hole of the day, to move to even par.
10:29am CDT: Three-way tie atop the leaderboard this morning at the 110th US Open at Pebble Beach.
Rafeal Cabrera-Bello (-1 through five)
Soren Kjeldsen (-1 through three)
Scott Verplank (-1 through one)
10:25am CDT: Some notable names on the course so far this morning and where they currently are.
Retief Goosen (Even through two)
Luke Donald (Even through three)
Rory Sabbatini (Even through one)
Justin Leonard (Even through one)
Zach Johnson (+1 through three)
Jim Furyk (+1 through two)
Mike Weir (+1 through two)
K.J. Choi (+3 through two)
10:24am CDT: Camino Villegas bogeys his third hole of the day, which is actually the 12th hole since he started his day on the back nine, falling back to even par.
10:20am CDT: Tough start for Stuart Appleby who double-bogeys the 10th hole as he starts his round on the back nine.
10:19am CDT: Jim Furyk, Bo Van Pelt, K.J. Choi, and Adam Scott all at one-over par so far today.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello is holding strong. After birdying his opening hole, he has four straight pars and stays at one-under for the day.
10:09am CDT: Camilo Villegas and Hiroyuki Fujita have joined Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Francesco Molinari atop the leaderboard at one-under par.
10:07am CDT: Luke Donald and Zach Johnson, both whom started on the 10th hole, are both even par through two.
10:03am CDT: Angel Cabrera is on the course, as is Tim Clark and Mike Weir, all three are even par on their days.
10:01am CDT: After starting his day with a bogey at the par four first hole, Steve Allan has played the next three holes at one under and is currently at even par through four holes.
9:58am CDT: Mikko Ilonen's lead was short lived as he double-bogeyed three and he's back to even par.
As of right now, Rafael Cabrera-Bello is back on top at one under par through four holes but he's joined by Francesco Molinari also at one under par.
9:56am CDT: Luke Donald and Zach Johnson are on the course and both are at even par after one.
9:52am CDT: As I did during my live blog during the Masters, I'll be handing out some obscure awards as the day goes on. One of which is the "I'm Having a Hard Day" award for the golfer having the hardest day.
There's no question this course is going to play tough all week long so I'm not going to be too tough on those having a hard day, but you gotta have fun with it right?
9:51am CDT: Steve Allen has three straight pars to start off this day to remain at even par.
9:48am CDT: Mikko Ilonen with his second straight birdie and he's now alone atop the leaderboard at two under through two holes.
9:45am CDT: After an opening birdie on the par-four 10th hole, Rafael Cabrera-Bello has back-to-back pars and he's one under through three.
9:43am CDT: Not many notable names on the course, though if you are familiar with Bo Van Pelt, who was in contention through three rounds at The Colonial in Forth Worth, Texas, he's on the course with a bogey to start off his day.
9:40am CDT: John Mallinger with back-to-back bogeys to start his day and he's two over par through two.
9:36am CDT: Derek Lamely with a bogey on his first hole.
There's a tie atop the leaderboard between Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Miko Ilonen who are both one-under par. Steve Allen, Deane Pappas, and Gary Woodland are all even par through two. Gregory Havret, Charles Warren, and James Morrison all even par through one.
9:33am CDT: Mikko Ilonen with a birdie at one to start his day. James Morrison and Charles Warren both with pars at the par four first hole.
9:30am CDT: Correction on a few players. Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Stephen Allen, and John Mallinger all started on the 10th hole.
9:29am CDT: Is it just me or is staring at a 502-yard par four a little unfair? Take Paul Sheehan for example. He double-bogeys the first hole and is looking at his card thinking to himself, "you're kidding me right?"
9:28am CDT: We have our first birdie of the day on the par four first and it goes to Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
9:27am CDT: Stephen Allen also joins the bogey club on the par four first hole.
9:25am CDT: We're underway at Pebble Beach. Here are some of the early scoring so far this morning.
Deane Pappas and Gary Woodland both parred the the par four first hole while John Mallinger bogeyed and Paul Sheehan double-bogeyed. If you're playing the US Open, a double-bogey isn't exactly the way I'd want to start off my day.
9:20am CDT: Still waiting for things to get underway at the US Open at Pebble Beach. While we're in the holding pattern, are there any golf courses on your "bucket list" that you would love to have the chance to play?
9:01am CDT: Just a few minutes away from the 110th US Open teeing off. Hope you'll be able to join us throughout today and tomorrow as we'll have plenty of updates, a few laughs here and there, obscure awards to hand out as the day goes on, and much much more.
8:44am CDT: Who's the first one to shank it into the Pacific Ocean?
8:26am CDT: Since we're about a half hour from the official start of the 110th US Open, here's the first group to go off this morning at 7am local time.
Steve Allen, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, John Mallinger, Deane Pappas, Paul Sheehan, and Gary Woodland.
8:20am CDT: One name I keep seeing on the field list at different tournaments is David Duval and I'm often left wondering what happened to him? Where did he go wrong?
7:37 a.m. CDT: Current weather conditions today. Sunny skies expected and a high of 65 degrees with a low of 51. Winds out of the northwest at four miles per hour.
Though those conditions don't sound all that bad, those of you who have been out to that area know that it feels colder than 65, with or without the wind.
We'll see how that affects the players today and how the golf course plays.
7:23 a.m. CDT: With just under two hours to go before the US Open officially gets underway, here a few notable names and when they'll tee off this morning (all times are PDT).
Bo Van Pelt (7:22 a.m.), Luke Donald (7:33 a.m.), Zach Johnson (7:33 a.m.), Angel Cabrera (7:44 a.m.), K.J. Choi (7:44 a.m.), Tim Clark (7:44 a.m.), Jim Furyk (7:44 a.m.), Retief Goosen (7:44 a.m.), Stuart Appleby (7:55 a.m.), Rory Sabbatini (7:55 a.m.), Padraig Harrington (8:06 a.m.), Justin Leonard (8:06 a.m.), Phil Mickelson (8:06 a.m.), Hunter Mahan (8:28 a.m.), Ian Poulter (8:28 a.m.), Nick Watney (8:28 a.m.), Tiger Woods (1:36 p.m.).
GOOD MORNING US OPEN AND GOLF FANS!! Welcome to the 110th US Open from the absolutely beautiful Pebble Peach Golf Course.
Of course, we all know that Tiger Woods will make his second start in a major since his fall from grace and I'm sure the golf world is sitting on the edge of its seat, wondering how he's going to do this week.
If you want my own opinion, if he plays like he has over the last few tournaments, he won't even be relevant come Sunday.
I did something before the start of every round of the Masters, so I thought it would be against my better nature not to do it for the US Open. I like to get the readers involved during the tournament, keep you on your toes.
Here are four burning questions for you to answer as you're following along with us during the first round of the tournament.
Can Tiger Woods return to his old form and dominate at Pebble Beach?
Can Phil Mickelson take the No. 1 world ranking away from Tiger this week?
Who are your dark horse candidates for the US Open?
Who are you rooting for?
So there are your four questions to get you started off this morning. Hopefully you enjoy the coverage today, feel free to drop by and say hello or just give me your thoughts as the day progresses.