Check out our major championship form stats ahead of this week's US Open, compiled by Andy Swales ...
"Jason Day is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and he usually plays his best golf on tough courses."
In recent decades, the US Open has crowned more first time major winners than any of the other three slam events.
Since 1992, 17 US Open champions were winning their first or only major, compared to 15 in the Masters and PGA, and 11 at The Open.
Will that trend continue at Shinnecock Hills in New York state?
Here is a rundown of golf's current world leaders - and other worthy candidates:
Dustin Johnson: Winner last week and US Open champion two years ago. DJ has regained his world No 1 slot.
Justin Thomas: Not quite firing on all cylinders but a real threat to claim his second major title in 10 months.
Justin Rose: Will fancy his chances this week following victory at Fort Worth in May. Has played consistently well for the past nine months. Champion in 2013 but with only one top-10 finish from his most recent eight majors.
Jon Rahm: Just three starts since mid-April, so should feel fresh. Was fourth at Augusta National, which was his maiden major top-10.
Jordan Spieth: Recent performances have been mediocre by his own high standards - no top-20s in five events since The Masters. However, the 24-year-old is renowned for having a deft touch and can't be ruled out at a venue such as Shinnecock.
Rory McIlroy: No major trophies since August 2014 which, for someone tipped to become one of golf's all-time greats, is a little longer than he would have liked.
Rickie Fowler: Top-10s in three of his last five US Open starts and he should contend again in New York.
Jason Day: A two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and he usually plays his best golf on tough courses. Twice a runner-up at the US Open, it would be a huge surprise if the Australian fails to hit the ground running this Thursday.
Brooks Koepka: The defending champion appears to possess the perfect temperament for major championship golf. His worst finish in his last 10 majors is 21st.
Hideki Matsuyama: Seems to have lost his confidence since suffering a mini-meltdown at the PGA Championship last August, when he led midway through the final round.
Tommy Fleetwood: Fourth in the US Open 12 months ago. The European Tour's No 1 from 2017 has played pretty well this season without reaching the heights of last year. However, doesn't need to raise his game too much to reach the level required to contend this week.
Paul Casey: Has a mediocre US Open record - just a single top-10 from 14 starts. However, his recent major form has been typically solid if not sparkling.
Patrick Reed: Masters champion who is yet to post a top-dozen finish at a US Open.
Sergio Garcia: Four missed cuts in last five tournaments (this includes team event at TPC Louisiana).
Henrik Stenson: Another golfer whose game is in good shape but without a podium finish since last October.
Marc Leishman: The Aussie's career has slowly but surely improved in recent seasons. Has shown he can perform well on the major stage.
Alexander Noren: Three podium finishes on US soil this year, plus another at Wentworth last month.
Francesco Molinari: Will be full of confidence following his well-deserved victory over the West Course, where he bogied just two of 72 holes.
Bubba Watson: A little out of tune since The Masters but certainly has the temperament and know-how to perform on the big occasion.
Webb Simpson: Winner at TPC Sawgrass in May and US Open champion six years ago.
Phil Mickelson: Six-times a US Open runner-up. Will celebrate his 48th birthday on Saturday.
Tiger Woods: Ten years ago this week Tiger claimed his 14th, and most recent, major title when beating Rocco Mediate in a play-off at Torrey Pines. Unlikely to make it No 15 but anything else is possible regarding his 2018 form.
Louis Oosthuizen: Tends to play his best golf at the more challenging venues. The world No 33 tied-for-fifth in Fort Worth last month.
Patrick Cantlay: Might offer the biggest threat among the newer, younger stars in the world game. Was fourth on his most recent outing at Muirfield Village.
Table Below Shows Form in LAST 10 MAJORS
|Player||UM 18||PG 17||BO 17||UO 17||UM 17||PG 16||BO 16||UO 16||UM 16||PG 15|
|Si Woo Kim||24||Wd||MC||13||MC||MC|
|Hao Tong Li||32||MC||3||68|
|Byeong Hun An||28||MC||MC||33||MC||59||23||MC||MC|
|Sung Jae Im|
|Wen Chong Liang|
|S J Park|