The US Open is the second oldest major. The first one was played in 1895. Factoring in a two year absence in in 1917 and 1918, and a four year absence between 1942 and 1945 and there have been 110 played.
As is the case with anything that dates back that far, we're somewhat at the mercy of Hollywood and novels when thinking about the older ones.
It's very hard to look at a final scoreboard from a tournament that happened about 100 years ago and judge just how good the tournament was.
Some of the older ones have been immortalized, which is what happened with 1913's US Open in the 2005 movie The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Others may have been just as good if not better, but we just don't know much about them.
What makes doing a list like this great is that there have been a lot of great US Opens. More importantly, there have been a lot of great US Open performances. Sure, there will always be some discussion, which is fine. Actually, it's encouraged.
There are only a few other items to note before reading the list.
One is that this is a top-25 list and there have been 110 US Opens. What that means is that if you didn't win, you don't qualify. Sure, there have been a lot of other great performances, but you need to have won.
Two is that I am limiting the performances of an individual golfer to two. I just want to spread the wealth out. So while six golfers have won more than two events, nobody is mentioned more than twice.