US Open 2021: Your major championship form guide ahead of this week's tournament in San Diego

The 2021 US Open tees-off this Thursday at Torrey Pines in California
The third green at Torrey Pines' South Course

The final US major of 2021 takes place in California this week. So why not check out the major form of those teeing-up on Thursday. Word and stats by Andy Swales...

"Largely thanks to his (Patrick Reed) Masters' victory the following April, his form in the 'Big Four' has improved dramatically. Winner at Torrey earlier this year."


'Normal service' resumed last month at Kiawah Island where Phil Mickelson made it 12 wins out of 13 for American golfers in US majors.

Hideki Matsuyama had managed to interrupt the sequence at Augusta National in April, when he became the first Japanese male to win any of golf's four major championships.

But 50-year-old Leftie maintained recent American dominance on home soil by claiming his sixth major title in a little over 17 years.

You have to go back to Pinehurst in 2014 (and Germany's Martin Kaymer) to find the last time a non-American won the US Open.

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And the stats regarding this current trend are quite stark. This is how they breakdown over four-year segments since January 1st, 1998.

Non-American Champions in US Majors (1998-2021)


2018-21: 1/11 (9.1%)
2014-17: 5/12 (41.7%)
2010-13: 7/12 (58.3%)
2006-09: 6/12 (50.0%)
2002-05: 4/12 (33.3%)
1998-01: 4/12 (33.3%)

Top-3 Finishes By Non-Americans in US Majors (1998-2021)


2018-21: 11/40 (27.5%)
2014-17: 18/39 (46.2%)
2010-13: 29/46 (63.0%)
2006-09: 20/47 (42.6%)
2002-05: 17/40 (42.5%)
1998-01: 12/39 (30.8%)

So who are the leading American pros heading to Torrey Pines this week, and who are the main overseas challengers?

Eight home pros

Bryson DeChambeau: The defending champ who won at Bay Hill in March, and followed this with a podium finish in The Players Championship.

Tony Finau: Has a great record at Torrey Pines and has accumulated 10 T-10s in majors - nine of these since the beginning of 2018. One of these days...

Dustin Johnson: Still world No 1 and on Sunday posted his first T-10 since February, which is an encouraging sign following missed cuts in the opening two majors of 2021.

Brooks Koepka: Pre-major form is becoming irrelevant for Koepka who rarely struggles in the 'Big Four'. His last 14 majors have yielded four wins, three runners-up, and three other top-10s.

Phil Mickelson: You have to feel a tad sorry for Leftie. For decades he has desperately been attempting to win the second major championship of the calendar year. And when he finally achieved this last month, he discovers it's no longer the treasured US Open but the PGA Championship instead. Surely lightning won't strike twice in 2021.

Collin Morikawa: Last year's PGA Championship winner and current world No 4. The 24-year-old, who resides in Las Vegas, is developing into one of the most consistent pros in world golf.

Patrick Reed: Despite being a leading golfer since 2014, he didn't register a major championship top-10 until the PGA Championship of 2017. Since then, and largely thanks to his Masters' victory the following April, his form in the 'Big Four' has improved dramatically. Winner at Torrey earlier this year.

Xander Schauffele: Born in San Diego and tied-second at Torrey Pines in January. Usually plays well in the majors, and his missed cut at last month's PGA Championship can simply be put down as being a hangover from Augusta National where his six strokes at the par-three 16th ruined his chances of overhauling eventual champion Matsuyama. Seven top-six finishes in the majors since the start of 2017.

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Seven overseas challengers

Abraham Ancer: A tidy golfer who usually looks solid from tee-to-green, therefore traditionally the sort of player who should do well on US Open courses. Tied-eighth at Kiawah Island last month.

Tyrrell Hatton: Despite being the world No 9, still tends to walk under the radar a little. He finished in a tie-for-second on Sunday after playing the final 54 holes better than anyone else in the field.

Rory McIlroy: Can never be ruled out despite recent mediocre form in the majors - by his high standards. Yet he proved last month that he still possesses all the necessary tools to perform well on tough courses - as his victory at Quail Hollow illustrated.

Hideki Matsuyama: Must still be full of confidence following his momentous victory at Augusta. He contended for 46 holes at the PGA Championship last month, having trailed by just two strokes at the half-way stage. However, he then covered the final eight holes of his third round in six-over-par.

Louis Oosthuizen: The 2010 Open champion from St Andrews surely deserves another major title. There have been six other top-three finishes in the majors, five of these on US soil.

Jon Rahm: After his positive test for Covid meant he was unable to tee-off in the final round at Muirfield Village earlier this month - despite holding a six-stroke lead thru 54 holes - many will be hoping the Spaniard will secure his maiden major title in California. Is a former winner at Torrey Pines.

Justin Rose: Perhaps not a winner this week, but his excellent consistency in the majors makes him a strong each-way option. A former winner at Torrey.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Key: P (PGA); M (Masters); U (US Open); B (The (British) Open

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Last 10 Majors / Last 10 US Opens

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 21P 21M 20M 20U 20P 19B 19U 19P 19M 18P
Dustin Johnson MC MC 1 6 2 51 35 2 2 27
Justin Thomas MC 21 4 8 37 11 MC 12 6
Jon Rahm 8 5 7 23 13 11 3 MC 9 4
Collin Morikawa 8 18 44 MC 1 35
Bryson DeChambeau 38 46 34 1 4 MC 35 MC 29 MC
Xander Schauffele MC 3 17 5 10 41 3 16 2 35
Patrick Cantlay 23 MC 17 43 43 41 21 3 9 27
Brooks Koepka 2 MC 7 29 4 2 1 2 1
Patrick Reed 17 8 10 13 13 10 32 MC 36 MC
Rory McIlroy 49 MC 5 8 33 MC 9 8 21 50
Tyrrell Hatton 38 18 MC MC MC 6 21 48 56 10
Webb Simpson 30 12 10 8 37 30 16 29 5 19
Viktor Hovland 30 21 13 33 12 32
Tony Finau 8 10 38 8 4 3 MC 64 5 42
Hideki Matsuyama 23 1 13 17 22 MC 21 16 32 35
Daniel Berger 75 MC 34 13 49 71 12
Scottie Scheffler 8 18 19 4 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 2 26 23 3 33 20 7 60 29
Abraham Ancer 8 26 13 56 43 MC 49 16
Paul Casey 4 26 38 17 2 57 21 29 MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 23 34 46 MC MC 20 12 41 21 MC
Billy Horschel 23 50 38 38 43 MC 32 23 56 35
Jordan Spieth 30 3 46 MC 71 20 65 3 21 12
Jason Kokrak 49 49 MC 17 MC 32 23 19
Sung Jae Im 17 MC 2 22 MC MC MC 42
Harris English 64 21 4 19 58
Lee Westwood 71 MC 38 13 4 MC
Cameron Smith 59 10 2 38 43 20 72 64 51 56
Will Zalatoris 8 2 6
Joaquin Niemann 30 40 23 MC MC MC 71
Phil Mickelson 1 21 55 MC 71 MC 52 71 18 MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC 46 19 MC 29 2 65 48 36 35
Matthew Wolff Dq MC 2 4
Ryan Palmer MC 34 MC 43 MC MC
Victor Perez MC MC 46 MC 22
Corey Conners 17 8 10 MC MC MC 64 46
Kevin Na MC 12 13 MC MC MC MC 46 19
Sam Burns Ret 29
Max Homa MC MC MC MC MC 64
Shane Lowry 4 21 25 43 66 1 28 8 MC 12
Adam Scott MC 54 34 38 22 MC 7 8 18 3
Justin Rose 8 7 23 MC 9 20 3 29 MC 19
Marc Leishman MC 5 13 MC MC MC 35 MC 49 71
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 30 40 38 55 MC MC
Stewart Cink 30 12 20 MC 4
Brian Harman MC 12 38 58 MC MC 71
Robert MacIntyre 49 12 56 66 6
Si Woo Kim MC 12 34 MC 13 MC MC MC 21 MC
Sergio Garcia MC MC MC MC 67 52 MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner MC MC MC MC 19 30 49 MC 21 12
Carlos Ortiz 55 MC MC 52
Bernd Wiesberger MC 40 58 43 43 32 76
Kevin Streelman 8 MC 58 57 MC
Garrick Higgo 64
Matt Wallace 55 34 46 43 77 51 12 3 MC 19
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC MC MC 41 16 8 12 MC
Ian Poulter 30 26 25 MC 22 MC MC MC 12 31
Charley Hoffman 17 51 54 29 MC
Gary Woodland 38 40 MC MC 58 MC 1 8 32 6
Matt Jones 30 26 MC MC MC
Brendon Todd MC 46 MC 23 17 MC
Bubba Watson 80 26 57 31 71 51 MC MC 12 MC
Russell Henley 71 37 50
Sebastian Munoz MC 40 19 59 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC 40 MC 58
Lanto Griffin MC MC MC 43 19
Branden Grace 38 MC 51 MC MC 58 27
Rikuya Hoshino MC
Brendan Steele 77 22 MC
Chan Kim 23 MC MC MC MC
Erik van Rooyen MC Wd 23 51 20 43 8
Dylan Frittelli MC MC 5 33 32 MC 31
Thomas Detry MC 49
Martin Laird 23 38
JT Poston MC MC MC 75 60
Adam Hadwin 64 MC 54 58 57 29 MC
Martin Kaymer MC MC MC 35 MC 51 42
Guido Migliozzi
Charl Schwartzel MC 26 25 58 MC 42
Cameron Champ MC 26 19 MC 10 54
Richard Bland
Marcus Armitage
Tom Hoge 64 58 43
Zach Johnson MC MC 51 8 MC MC 58 54 58 19
Troy Merritt 58 MC MC MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 51 23 MC MC 65 71 36 10
Chez Reavie MC 29 MC 75 MC 3 14 12
Wyndham Clark 75 MC
Ryo Ishikawa 51 MC
Wilco Nienaber
Henrik Stenson 64 38 MC MC MC 20 9 48 36 MC
Greyson Sigg MC
Francesco Molinari 52 MC 11 16 48 5 6
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC 59
Cameron Young MC
Adrian Meronk
Peter Malnati MC
Brad Kennedy
Taylor Pendrith 23
Sung Kang 29 MC 79 7
Jordan L Smith MC
Wade Ormsby
Paul Barjon MC
Sam Ryder
Matthew Southgate
Brian Stuard MC 65
Bo Hoag
Patrick Rodgers
Robby Shelton
Hayden Buckley
Yosuke Asaji 67
Jimmy Walker 64 MC 60 MC MC MC MC 23 36 42
Johannes Veerman
Taylor Montgomery
John Huh
Edoardo Molinari
Fabian Gomez
Justin Suh
David Coupland
JJ Spaun 54 35
Dylan Wu
Alvaro Ortiz Becerra 36
Zack Sucher
Chris Baker
Eric Cole
Sahith Theegala
Akshay Bhatia
Andy Pope 58
Rick Lamb
Steve Allan
Tyler Strafaci MC
Thomas Aiken
Zach Zaback
Michael Johnson
Dylan Meyer
Kyle Westmoreland
Cole Hammer MC
Joe Long MC
Mario Carmona
Roy Cootes
Chris Crawford
Luis Gagne MC
Ollie Osborne MC
Spencer Ralston
Carson Schaake
Hayden Springer
Matthias Schmid MC
Pierceson Coody
Andrew Kozan
Luis Fernando Barco
Wilson Furr
James Hervol
Joe Highsmith
Matthew Sharpstene
Davis Shore
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 6 35 3 MC 1 2 4 55 MC 23
Justin Thomas 8 MC 25 9 32 MC
Jon Rahm 23 3 MC MC 23
Collin Morikawa MC 35
Bryson DeChambeau 1 35 25 MC 15 MC
Xander Schauffele 5 3 6 5
Patrick Cantlay 43 21 45 41 21
Brooks Koepka 2 1 1 13 18 4 MC
Patrick Reed 13 32 4 13 MC 14 35
Rory McIlroy 8 9 MC MC MC 9 23 41 MC 1
Tyrrell Hatton MC 21 6 MC
Webb Simpson 8 16 10 35 MC 46 45 32 1 14
Viktor Hovland 13 12
Tony Finau 8 MC 5 MC 14
Hideki Matsuyama 17 21 16 2 MC 18 35 10
Daniel Berger 34 49 6 MC 37 28
Scottie Scheffler MC 27 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 3 7 16 23 23 2 40 Wd MC 9
Abraham Ancer 56 49
Paul Casey 17 21 16 26 MC 39 56 45 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 12 12 35 54 48
Billy Horschel 38 32 MC 32 25 23 4
Jordan Spieth MC 65 MC 35 37 1 17 MC 21
Jason Kokrak 17 53 37
Sung Jae Im 22 MC
Harris English 4 58 46 37 48
Lee Westwood 13 55 32 50 MC 15 10 3
Cameron Smith 38 72 MC 59 4
Will Zalatoris 6 MC
Joaquin Niemann 23 MC
Phil Mickelson MC 52 48 MC 64 28 2 65 54
Tommy Fleetwood MC 65 2 4 27
Matthew Wolff 2
Ryan Palmer MC MC 52 MC MC 21
Victor Perez MC
Corey Conners MC MC
Kevin Na MC MC 32 7 46 12 29 MC
Sam Burns 41 MC
Max Homa MC MC
Shane Lowry 43 28 MC 46 2 9 MC MC
Adam Scott 38 7 MC MC 18 4 9 45 15 MC
Justin Rose MC 3 10 MC MC 27 12 1 21 MC
Marc Leishman MC 35 45 27 18 MC MC 51
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 55
Stewart Cink 46 54 MC MC MC
Brian Harman 38 36 2 MC MC
Robert MacIntyre 56
Si Woo Kim MC MC MC 13
Sergio Garcia MC 52 MC 21 5 18 35 45 38 7
Kevin Kisner MC 49 MC 58 49 12 MC
Carlos Ortiz 52 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 43 76 16 MC MC MC
Kevin Streelman MC 13 MC MC 60 67
Garrick Higgo
Matt Wallace 43 12 MC MC
Matt Kuchar MC 16 MC 16 46 12 12 28 27 14
Ian Poulter MC MC 25 54 17 21 41 MC
Charley Hoffman 20 8 37 MC 45 45
Gary Woodland MC 1 36 50 MC 52 MC 23
Matt Jones MC MC MC MC
Brendon Todd 23 MC MC 17
Bubba Watson 31 MC MC MC 51 MC MC 32 MC 63
Russell Henley 25 27 MC 60 MC 42
Sebastian Munoz 59 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC
Lanto Griffin 43 MC
Branden Grace MC MC 25 50 5 4 MC 51
Rikuya Hoshino MC
Brendan Steele 63 13 15 MC
Chan Kim MC MC MC
Erik van Rooyen 23 43
Dylan Frittelli MC
Thomas Detry 49
Martin Laird 32 21 MC MC
JT Poston MC MC
Adam Hadwin 54 MC 60 MC 39
Martin Kaymer MC 35 MC 35 37 MC 1 59 15 39
Guido Migliozzi
Charl Schwartzel MC MC 23 7 MC 14 38 9
Cameron Champ MC 32
Richard Bland
Marcus Armitage
Tom Hoge 43 MC MC
Zach Johnson 8 58 12 27 8 72 40 MC 41 30
Troy Merritt 58 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 23 65 36 42 32 MC
Chez Reavie MC 3 MC 16 MC 45
Wyndham Clark
Ryo Ishikawa 51 MC MC 30
Wilco Nienaber
Henrik Stenson MC 9 6 MC Wd 27 4 21 23
Greyson Sigg MC
Francesco Molinari 16 25 MC 27 23 MC 29 MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC 41 MC
Cameron Young MC
Adrian Meronk
Peter Malnati
Brad Kennedy
Taylor Pendrith 23
Sung Kang MC 18 39
Jordan L Smith
Wade Ormsby MC
Paul Barjon MC
Sam Ryder MC
Matthew Southgate MC
Brian Stuard 65 MC MC MC MC
Bo Hoag
Patrick Rodgers 41 46
Robby Shelton MC
Hayden Buckley
Yosuke Asaji
Jimmy Walker MC MC 56 MC MC 58 9
Johannes Veerman
Taylor Montgomery
John Huh 17
Edoardo Molinari 54
Fabian Gomez
Justin Suh MC
David Coupland
JJ Spaun
Dylan Wu
Alvaro Ortiz Becerra
Zack Sucher
Chris Baker
Eric Cole
Sahith Theegala MC
Akshay Bhatia
Andy Pope 58 MC MC 70
Rick Lamb
Steve Allan
Tyler Strafaci MC
Thomas Aiken 58 MC 25
Zach Zaback
Michael Johnson
Dylan Meyer 20
Kyle Westmoreland
Cole Hammer MC MC
Joe Long
Mario Carmona
Roy Cootes
Chris Crawford MC MC
Luis Gagne MC 48
Ollie Osborne
Spencer Ralston
Carson Schaake
Hayden Springer
Matthias Schmid
Pierceson Coody
Andrew Kozan
Luis Fernando Barco
Wilson Furr
James Hervol
Joe Highsmith
Matthew Sharpstene
Davis Shore

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