In golfing circles it is a very true saying, “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough” and the golf stats after round one of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club would tend to support such words of wisdom.
The rejuvenated former US PGA Champion, Martin Kaymer of Germany, has opened up a three stroke lead with an outstanding opening round of -5, 65, to forge ahead of nearest rivals Kevin Na and Fran Quinn of the USA, South African Brendon de Jonge, and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.
The longest driver of the golf ball, Nicolas Colsaserts, the Belgian Bomber, is on plus two, 72, which supports the theory at the US Open there is a premium on accuracy rather than length from the tee.
Of the leading group of players, South African Brendon de Jonge had the most impressive ball striking with 14 fairways hit out of 14, and along with England’s Paul Casey, hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation.
The leader, Kaymer, and Brandt Snedeker, carded the most number of birdies, with each player posting six birdies for their opening round.
The ‘total putts’ category was led by Martin Kaymer, with only 25 putts for his round, which was matched by Fran Quinn, who is also in the mix after the opening round. Kaymer, hit 11 out of 18 greens in regulation play.
What this does immediately illustrate that the winner of the 2014 US Open is going to need mental toughness, patience, course management, stamina and very importantly, a red hot golf putter. That certainly seems to be in the German golfer’s bag at the moment, having recently ended a lean spell.By winning on the PGA Tour with some awesome golf putting stats. We wish him we’ll and look forward to analysing the golf stats as the US Open 2014 progresses.
ROUND 1 STATS LEADERS
Driving distance: Nicolas Colsaserts 337.5 yards
Golf Fairways hit: B. de Jonge, H. English, H. Norlander, B. Hurley, S. Cink, D. Toms 14 of 14
Greens in Regulation: Brendon de Jonge, Paul Casey 16 of 18
Total putts: Martin Kaymer, Fran Quinn 25
Most birdies: Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker 6