When 156 of the world's best amateur and professional golfers tee it up at the 112th United States Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in two weeks, the usual cast of favorites will be in attendance to stake their claim for one of golf's greatest prizes.
Tiger Woods, fresh off his second win of the year at the Memorial Tournament will be expected to do well. Last year's US Open champion and the No. 2 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, will be a popular pick to repeat, despite the fact he has missed the cut in the past three events he has entered. And Phil Mickelson, even though he withdrew from the Memorial with what he described as mental fatigue, will also be a player to watch.
What do those three have in common? They've all won major championships. Tiger has 14 of them. Lefty has four majors to his credit. And McIlroy grabbed his aforementioned first in 2011.
But, who are the best players in the field who have yet to win a major?
There are a couple obvious choices. And a few other players who are "due" to win their first soon. Here are the top five golfers at the 2012 US Open without a major championship title.