Pinehurst, N.C. _ My first very-important thought from the U.S. Open: Yeah, you're stuck with Chris Berman on your TV. But I'm stuck with Chris Berman on a massive screen in the US Open media tent. You win. First impression of the course: It was blazing hot the last few days. Today, there is cloud cover and it's relatively cool, which could save the course from becoming fast and borderline unplayable. The scores are reflecting that. Brandt Snedeker leads at -3, with Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, David Toms and Phil Mickelson at -2. It's already a great leaderboard. Minnesota native Clayton Rask teed off at 7:51, and I'll be updating his scoring throughout the day. Fellow former Gopher Donald Constable tees off at 1:31.
Ricky Fowler is wearing Payne Stewart-style pulled-up pants with checked socks.
Back with more throughout the day. I'll be on 1500ESPN at 12:15ish from Pinehurst.
Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.