Phil Mickelson performs a shot from a bunker on the sixteenth gap throughout a follow spherical previous to the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Nation Membership on June 15, 2022 in Brookline, Mass. (Picture by Jared C. Tilton through Getty Photos)

The U.S. Open tees off on Thursday morning at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Mass. It’s the third main of the 2022 golf season.

The sphere will embody every kind of acquainted faces, marquee names and rising stars. A win by any shall be entered into the file books for posterity, however a victory by one of many following ten gamers would produce essentially the most historic of storylines.


1. Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm Wins 2021 U.S. Open
Jon Rahm celebrates with the trophy after successful because the media takes pictures through the trophy presentation ceremony after the ultimate spherical of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 20, 2021 in San Diego, CA. (Picture by Harry How through Getty Photos)

With a victory, the defending champion would be part of Curtis Unusual and Brooks Koepka as the one back-to-back U.S. Open champions strolling on planet earth, whereas turning into one in every of solely seven gamers to win consecutive U.S. Opens. The 27-year-old would be part of Jose Maria Olazabal as a two-time main successful Spaniard, trailing solely Seve Ballesteros (5).


2. Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa Wins 149th Open Championship Royal St Georges
Open Champion, Collin Morikawa celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th gap throughout Day 4 of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Membership on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England. (Picture by Oisin Keniry through Getty Photos)

Already the proprietor of a Wannamaker Trophy and Claret Jug, a win on the U.S. Open would give Morikawa three legs of the profession grand slam and a 3rd main at simply 25-years-old. Would turn out to be the thirteenth participant in historical past to attain three legs of grand slam, becoming a member of tour contemporaries Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, in addition to legends corresponding to Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson, amongst others.


3. Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka poses with girlfriend Jena Sims and the Wanamaker Trophy through the Trophy Presentation Ceremony after successful the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship on the Bethpage Black course on Could 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, NY. Picture by Jamie Squire/Getty Photos

With a 3rd U.S. Open title, Koepka would be part of Tiger Woods and Hale Irwin as three-time U.S. Open champions. Solely Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus – who every gained 4 occasions – would personal extra nationwide championship titles. And it’d be “yet another” main win than Rory, to steal the Northern Irishman’s line. With 5 main wins, he would transfer right into a tie for Fifteenth-place, becoming a member of the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Byron Nelson and Peter Thompson.


4. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth Open Championship Stories
Jordan Spieth poses with the Claret Jug within the locker room after successful the 146th Open Championship in 2017 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Credit score: Warren Little/R&A through Getty Photos

The previous Golden Baby gained a trio of majors in a three-year span, 2015-17, however has been winless on the foremost stage since that memorable Sunday at Royal St. George’s… Stays one of many sport’s most historic and iconic gamers… Already the one under-30 participant with three majors, a fourth would give him two up on the under-30 area, together with good friend and rival Justin Thomas. He would be part of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka as the one energetic four-time main winners on the PGA Tour, and the youngest (28).


5. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Wins 2015 PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after successful the 96th PGA Championship, at Valhalla Golf Membership, on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, KY. Picture by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America through Getty Photos

After the then 25-year-old Northern Irishman gained his fourth main at Valhalla in the summertime of 2014, Jack Nicklaus stated, “Rory has a chance to win 15 or 20 majors or no matter he desires.” The wunderkind will tee it up in Boston – almost eight years later, and now 33-years-old, with the identical 4 main titles. For the previous can’t-miss child, the storyline right here is all about redemption and rebirth: a second U.S. Open trophy and a fifth main title – it’s all there for the taking.


6. Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler Wins 2022 Masters at Augusta National
Scottie Scheffler poses with the Masters trophy through the Inexperienced Jacket Ceremony after successful the Masters at Augusta Nationwide GC on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, GA. (Picture by David Cannon through Getty Photos)

The 25-year-old Texan may turn out to be the seventh participant in historical past to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the identical season, becoming a member of Craig Wooden, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. With 5 PGA Tour wins, together with two majors, Scheffler would lock in – with two months to go – one in every of golf’s most historic seasons.


7. Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas Wins 2022 PGA Championship
Justin Thomas poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after successful the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills CC on Could 22, 2022 in Tulsa, OK. (Picture by Ezra Shaw through Getty Photos)

A sixteenth profession PGA Tour win, third profession main and second main of 2022 – at simply 28 – would set the present world No. 5 on a path to turn out to be one of many easiest of his technology, and among the many all-time greats… JT would turn out to be simply the fifth participant in historical past to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the identical season, becoming a member of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Brooks Koepka. Huge Boston Purple Sox fan and gained in Boston again in 2017 on the outdated TPC Boston playoff occasion.


8. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson Wins 2020 Masters Augusta National
Dustin Johnson poses with the Masters Trophy through the Inexperienced Jacket Ceremony after successful the Masters at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Picture by Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

A second U.S. Open title, third main and twenty seventh worldwide victory would place LIV Golf star in some historic firm… Extra importantly, DJ would stroll away with a model new 5-year exemption into each the PGA and British Open, and a 10-year invite into the U.S. Open (his 2020 Masters title gave him a lifetime go to Augusta)… Plus it might have the media and Ponte Vedra (however I repeat myself) crying like colicky infants.


9. Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau Wins 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot
Bryson DeChambeau poses with the championship trophy after successful the one hundred and twentieth U.S. Open Championship on September 20, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Membership in Mamaroneck, New York. (Picture by Gregory Shamus/Getty Photos)

The 2020 U.S. Open champion can be a two-time winner of the U.S. nationwide championship… Taking two titles in a three-year span, proves period dominance which LIV Golf will certainly market… Additionally, with two majors at 28 he would be part of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa as the one under-30 gamers with a number of majors.


10. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson Wins 2021 PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after successful through the ultimate spherical of the 2021 PGA Championship held on the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Could 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Picture by Gregory Shamus through Getty Photos)

The longest of odds amongst this record, given his age and lack of current begins, however a seventh main, and the profession grand slam, can be sport, set, match for the lefthanded legend. To do it amid this vicious smear marketing campaign would ship a movie-script stage storyline! He would be part of Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer as seven-time main winners.


Bonus: Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley Wins 2011 PGA Championship
Keegan Bradley poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after successful the 93rd PGA Championship in a playoff at Atlanta Athletic Membership in Johns Creek, GA on Aug 14, 2011. (Picture by Montana Pritchard / PGA of America through Getty Photos)

The 2011 PGA champion is not a tour star or a severe menace on a weekly foundation, however he’s nonetheless a world top-50 participant. The previous Massachusetts (Hopkinton) Excessive Faculty Division 2 state champion is beloved in Boston and can be a vastly widespread winner. Whereas extra of a feel-good story than any form of historical past making, he would boast two majors amongst his 5 tour wins.


First-Time Winner

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay Win 2022 Zurich Classic
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay pose with the trophy after successful the Zurich Traditional at TPC Louisiana on April 24, 2022 in Avondale, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Picture by Chris Graythen through Getty Photos)

Whereas they gained’t make a lot when it comes to historical past, these golfers are all anticipated declare a significant very quickly. So, a victory by any will kind of get it out of the way in which and arrange historical past down the highway. The perfect gamers with out a main (and an enormous upside for long-term good points): Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland, Will Zalatoris, Sam Burns, Tony Finau, Cam Smith, and Matt Fitzpatrick.


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