The Masters signals the beginning of the golf season and has the tradition of Bobby Jones. The Open Championship is played on mystic golf courses like Carnoustie and St. Andrews. The PGA Championship is played near the end of the golf season and has the best professionals in the field.
The U.S. Open brings together the best golfers of all ages at both amateur and professional levels. It will be played this week at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Davis Love, Mike Weir, Ben Curtis and Vijay Singh have all won majors in their careers. But it doesn't matter at the U.S. Open. There are no free rides. They have to qualify to play just like everyone else.
Two-time champion Lee Janzen was even disqualified in his sectional qualifier for wearing steel-spiked shoes.
There are precious few exemptions into the U.S. Open field, and everyone that tees it on Thursday will need their best effort to be on the leaderboard on Sunday.
Here are a few reasons why it is the best major championship