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Kaymer in lead

Pinehurst: Germany’s Martin Kaymer stunningly birdied four of his last nine holes in the toughest conditions of the day to seize a three-shot lead in the US Open first round, at Pinehurst Resort, on Thursday.

Seeking a second Major title after clinching his first in the 2010 PGA Championship, Kaymer produced sizzling form on a hot and sunny afternoon as he fired a five-under-par 65 on Pinehurst’s fabled No. 2 course.

Out in one-under 34, the German stormed home with birdies at the 10th, 14th, 16th and 17th to take control of the second of the season’s four majors on a layout that had been softened overnight but became increasingly firm on Thursday.

“I would have never expected myself to shoot such a low round at Pinehurst because of the conditions, but it's a very, very good round of golf,” Kaymer said. (Agencies)