2011 U.S. Open: Power Ranking the Most Exciting Finishes in Tournament History

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2011 U.S. Open: Power Ranking the Most Exciting Finishes in Tournament History
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Will we see the magic this week?

The U.S. Open.  The tournament that makes the best players in the world look like your Average Joes.  The course is set up tougher than the American Bar Association makes the bar exam, greens are slicker than Michael Jordan's bald head and the rough eats up golf balls like I devour a Philly Cheesesteak.

The star of these tournaments often times is not the players, but it is the course itself.  Think of some of the greatest tests: Pebble Beach, Oakmont, Bethpage Black, Medinah and Pinehurst No. 2.  

This week the U.S. Open heads to Washington D.C., specifically Congressional Country Club, home of the PGA Tour's AT&T National. 

As the field of players embark on the greatest test in golf this week—The U.S. Open—it is appropriate to take a step back and remember some of the greatest finishes in U.S. Open history.  

Now, keep in mind, readers, that we are NOT talking about the greatest performances (ala Tiger Woods in 2000 at Pebble Beach).  We are talking about the most EXCITING finishes in U.S. Open history.

In my mind, this also means that just because we had a playoff one year does not make it an exciting finish in tournament history.  I went with tournaments that still resonate with fans generations later, not because of one iconic moment or shot, but because of the way that the tournament ended.

Let's get started, shall we?   

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