The U.S. Open is tough.
As the great Tom Weiskopf said, "When people say they dream of playing in the U.S. Open someday, what they're really saying is, they'd like to be good enough to play. Trust me, the U.S. Open is not fun."
No other event in professional golf has the U.S. Open's reputation for separating the wheat from the chaff. No other event so brutally punishes its competitors, so consistently forces them to bring their very best to the course or so callously punishes them when they do not.
The USGA's annual competition has produced some of the most memorable victories in the history of the game. The U.S. Open, too, has has been the genesis of legend and myth, of heroes and epic performances.
Here are the greatest stars in the storied 100-plus-year history of the U.S. Open.