No person argues the magnitude of the United States Open. It is one of the big four and the only major that any person can qualify for and play in. But what are its greatest moments? Is it a monumental victory that makes a performance the greatest? A lifetime achievement top the list? An incredible comeback set someone apart in the annals of history? All of these are weighing factors.
In honor of the United States Open, I thought it would be good to break down the top-10 moments in US Open history. I perused tons of data to break down what I feel are the top-10. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Check them out and let’s hear about it. I did my best to provide video footage wherever it was available. Without further ado here we go with Golf’s Greatest Moments Ranked: Top 10 US Open Performances All-Time.
10: Tony Jacklin- Hazeltine 1970
When Tony Jacklin played in the 1970 US Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club it had been a 45 year drought since a European player had won America’s open. However, Jacklin would provide the performance that fans across the Atlantic had been starving for.
The 1970 US Open was devoid of something though, drama. Jacklin led from gate to wire en route to an eventual seven shot victory. The European draught was over, Jacklin was cemented in European golf history and the fans could breathe again. Note: Unfortunately I could not find any video footage of the 1970 US Open
9: Rory McIlroy- Congressional 2011
The 2011 edition of the US Open at Congressional was the tournament that added fuel to the hype machine that is Rory McIlroy. He is young and the jury is still out on the type of career the young star will have but his 2011 US Open performance was the stuff of legend.
This was his first major championship and answered questions about how he would handle his previous primetime collapse. Rory dominated the field en route to a US Open record 16-under par, 278. His performance is in the record for low total stroke total. Another major accomplishment is this performance was only the sixth time that a player managed to play all four rounds of a US Open under par. Will he continue to perform? All we know for sure is how he played in June of 2011 and it was memorable.
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