Thursday's Birdies and Bogeys\nWho were the winners and losers on Day 1 at Pinehurst? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys.\nBirdie: Martin Kaymer\n\nKaymer doesn't have history on his side, but he doesn't seem to mind. Aside from the fact that no German has ever won the U.S. Open, only one reigning Players champion (since the event moved to May in 2007) has gone on to finish in the top 10 of the U.S. Open the following month. But Kaymer is looking to change that. He built a three-shot lead Thursday after making six birdies and just one bogey, with his 65 a new low in three Pinehurst U.S. Opens. -- Luke Kerr-Dineen\nBogey: Bubba Watson\n\nYeah, we kind of saw this coming. As solid as the two-time Masters champion has been this year, it was apparent earlier in the week he was not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 because he felt it negated his power advantage. Sure enough, Watson struggled Thursday, with four bogeys and a double en route to a 76. At this rate, at least he'll be spared having to play Pinehurst over the weekend. -- Sam Weinman\nBirdie: Phil Mickelson\n\nHe may not be leading, but Thursday was a very good day for Mickelson. He was solid on the course -- three bogeys and three birdies for an opening-round 70. And off the course, any suggestions that he had engaged in insider trading were all but dismissed after the New York Times\n\n walked back its original report, saying his involvement in the matter was "overstated." -- L.K.D.\nBogey: Justin Rose\n\nThe defending champion was rather bullish heading into this year's U.S. Open, saying his game felt just as good as it did this time 12 months ago. But that didn't last long. After making four bogeys on his front nine for a four-over 39, he fought back with three birdies over the next seven holes to seemingly salvage his opening round. A bogey on his 17th hole, however, returned the frustration to his face, and diminished his chances of reclaiming his title. -- L.K.D.\nBirdie: Graeme McDowell\n\nYou know what's the best way to navigate Pinehurst No. 2's much-talked-about waste areas this week? Avoid them altogether. McDowell nearly did that on Day 1, hitting 13 of 14 fairways on his way to an opening 68. G-Mac missed the cut at Merion last year, but his four previous U.S. Opens? A T-18, a T-14, a runner-up and of course, a win at Pebble Beach in 2010. No one is expecting him to go away -- especially if he stays so stress-free off the tee. "You don't have to strike it amazing around here," he said. "You just have to position the ball correctly at all times." -- Alex Myers\nBogey: Lee Westwood\n\nThe Englishman has missed the cut at the U.S. Open just twice in 14 previous starts, posting five top-10 finishes in his career. But an opening-round 75, which included seven bogeys, means Westwood has plenty of work to do Friday if he hopes to spend the weekend in Pinehurst. Where he'll need to improve is obvious; Westwood hit 12 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation but recorded 33 putts. Mind you, short game has been his traditional sore spot, one that may ultimately keep him from ever claiming that elusive first major championship he's long been chasing. -- Ryan Herrington\nBirdie: Pinehurst No. 2\n\nBrown never looked so good. If the Coore-Crenshaw restoration of the Donald Ross classic has forced us to re-evaluate what constitutes a good-looking course, we needed no help in recognizing interesting golf. Endlessly taxing but not overly severe, the No. 2 course is rewarding creativity and strategic shotmaking, and has already produced an eclectic, quality leader board. And if it can get greens chairmen everywhere to recognize their courses needn't be maintained to perfection, even better. -- S.W.\nBogey: Sergio Garcia\n\nIf you like using statistics to help choose a favorite, Sergio was your man this week. He hits greens, scrambles well and has experience contending in U.S. Opens. Now was supposed to be the time he wins his first major. In fairness, it still might be, but after an opening-round, three-over 73 that included just one birdie -- and rumors of a bad knee persisting -- those prospects are looking increasingly dim. -- L.K.D.\nBirdie: Jordan Spieth\n\nAnd here we go again. An opening-round 69 -- with a bogey on his last hole to boot -- has the 20-year-old Texan lurking in another big event. It's almost as if Spieth's name is superglued to the leader board these days. Working for him is the fact he managed four birdies on a course that might have been softer but still had plenty of bite. Yet Spieth will need to curb the number of bogeys if he's to step past the stumbles he encountered at the Masters and the Players. Maybe he's just a glutton for punishment. Or maybe Spieth realizes the only way he's going to win a significant title is if he keeps getting himself into contention. -- R.H.\nBirdie: Kevin Na\n\nNa had never played Pinehurst No. 2 before this week, but he said people, including his caddie, Kenny Harms\n\n, told him it would really suit his game. So far, they're right. Believing his chipping -- Na ranks No. 2 on the PGA Tour in scrambling -- would give him an edge when it comes to saving par, it actually did more than that. Na chipped in for eagle on No. 5 and was the first player to post 68 in the opening round. -- A.M.\nBirdie: Brendon de Jonge\n\nPinehurst No. 2 has always been known as a course that tests your short game, but like any course, great ball-striking still goes a long way. And no one played a cleaner round than de Jonge, who hit all 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens. The Zimbabwean has been playing better recently, making headlines by following an 80 with a 62 at the Wells Fargo. However, it's hard to imagine someone who has never finished better than T-33 in a major keeping this up. -- A.M.\nBogey: Jonas Blixt\n\nIt's tough to be too critical of someone playing in his first U.S. Open, but the Swede has displayed a knack for strong performances in his major-championship debuts. Blixt finished T-26 at last year's British Open followed by a T-5 at the PGA and a T-2 at this year's Masters. In fact, he's the only player to finish in the top five in each of the previous two majors. That streak looks like it will end at Pinehurst. Blixt opened with 77 in a rough ball-striking round that saw him hit just five fairways and seven greens. Rookie or not, everyone knows that's not a recipe for U.S. Open success. -- A.M.\nBogey: Luke Donald\n\nFairways and greens is how Donald has made his bones as a tour pro. Shouldn't then, his record in the U.S. Open be better than just one top-10 in 10 starts? The Englishman isn't likely to improve that this week after an opening 77 that included a lone birdie on his last hole. His long-time bugaboo -- a lack of distance -- was evident as his average drive on Thursday (266.5 yards) was almost 15 yards shorter than the field's average. -- R.H.\nBirdie: Rickie Fowler\n\nFowler made waves on Thursday with his attire, when he paid tribute to his boyhood hero Payne Stewart by wearing a pair of Stewart-style knickers. "It's just my way of recognizing Payne. He was one of my favorite players of all time," Fowler said. An even better tribute? An opening even-par 70 that served as an encouraging follow-up to his T-5 at the Masters. -- S.W.