Ranking The U.S. Open Champions since 2005

Timothy Bryce
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The U.S. Open has had 11 different champions over the past 11 years. Some big names, some obscure, each now tied together forever as they can call themselves U.S. Open winners. Let’s rank them, shall we?

11. Graeme McDowell- The 2010 U.S. Open champion comes in at number 11 on this list. That was a rather forgettable Open, and the second place finisher was some guy named Gregory Havret.

10. Michael Campbell- The 2005 champion comes in at number 10. With the exception of a soon to appear Lucas Glover, he is the weakest name on this list, although he did beat second place finisher Tiger Woods by two strokes, back when Woods was actually, you know, good.

9. Lucas Glover- Speaking of Lucas Glover, there he is now. Glover won the 2009 Open at Bethpage Black with a score of -4 to par. The three second place finishers were Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes, and David Duval. That list would be more impressive back in 2000, when Duval and Mickelson were in their primes.

8. Geoff Ogilvy- The 2006 champion comes in at number eight here. There was a three-way tie for second, and yes, another list that would have been very impressive say five years earlier- Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, and Colin Montgomery.

7. Angel Cabrera- The 2007 champion won what turned out to be a very tough and at times, ugly, U.S. Open. His score of +5 is tied for the worst score to par for an Open champion with 2006 champion Geoff Ogilvy since Hale Irwin won with a +7 in 1974. Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk finished tied for second one shot back.

6. Webb Simpson- Webb Simpson won what turned out to be a very average 2012 U.S. Open with a score of 281, +1 to par. The two second place finishers were Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell one shot back. This was during the period of time in which people were waiting for Tiger Woods to come back and “save golf” which didn’t happen, and doesn’t need to anymore.

5. Dustin Johnson– The biggest and baddest dude currently rocking the tour comes in at number five. Johnson is the reigning champion with a score of 276, -4, three strokes ahead of Jim Furyk and two random individuals named Shane Lowry and Scott Piercy.

4. Martin Kaymer- The lone German champion in U.S. Open history drops in on this list at number four. Kaymer won at Pinehurst with a score of -9, a rather impressive feat if you look at previous U.S. Opens at Pinehurst. He won by 8 shots as well. The problem? One of the two men who finished second was some guy named Erik Compton.

3. Jordan Spieth- The 2015 champion won Chambers Bay with a score of 275, -5 to par. There was a two-way tie for second, one shot back, Dustin Johnson, and Louis Oosthuizen. Unlike many of the previous names on this list, Spieth is not a one hit wonder, and I believe he’s not done winning U.S. Opens, or major championships for that matter. Not even close.

2. Rory McIlroy– The 2011 champion played one of the most impressive tournaments by one individual ever. McIlroy finished -16 under, breaking Tiger Woods record for the lowest score to par in Open history. He finished a whopping eight shots ahead of second place finisher Jason Day.

1. Tiger Woods- I’ll bet there are people screaming right now reading this, wondering how in the world can I justify placing Woods at number one, and McIlroy at number two? Well, it’s very simple, you try playing golf on one leg, much less the U.S. Open, for five straight days including an 18-hole playoff, and we will see how far you get.

Well that’s my list. What’s yours?