Ranking U.S. Open performances is a bit like ranking Michael Jordan dunks or Mariano Rivera saves. They are all great—it’s the U.S. Open, for goodness' sake.
Still, it's often the manner of victory and the circumstances surrounding a win that make an Open performance stand out—not just the fact that the Open is the most important American golf tournament today.
There have been some amazing performances characterized by fantastic shots, superb strategies, historical coming-of-age moments and heart-stopping comebacks.
Since it began in 1895, the Open's best titles have been characterized by youth and experience, by one guy playing on one leg and another playing in funny pants, by rising stars, by nail-biting playoffs and by record-breaking victories.
After so many years, there are almost too many great performances to count. But here are the top 10.