As the US Open is almost always the toughest tournament in the world during a given year, anyone who has won it turned in a great performance that week. Still some stand above others. We're here to separate the great performances from the truly elite ones.
There are only two rules for this list.
One is that you had to have won the tournament. Yes, there have been plenty of great performances that came in non-wins. Still, there have been 111 US Opens in history, and we're only naming 25 here. So, 86 champions are getting no love, which is hard enough. There is no way to include anyone else.
The other rule is that I cut it off at two performances per player. There was no way to keep some of the greats from appearing more than once, but the intent here is not just to show love to the likes of Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. You will read about them all, but plenty of other great performances need mention.