This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.
Below are our 2014 U.S. Open rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues as well, no matter the nuances. Check the comments section for golfers who are scratched.
| 1. Phil Mickelson|
Note: Focus not lacking entering this week as evidence by his T11 in Memphis. No one wants it more than Mickelson, but will that be enough?
| 2. Bubba Watson|
Note: Player of the year entering this week and he could lock it up for the entire year with a win this week. Not a typical U.S. Open golfer, but has the game to win anyway.
| 3. Matt Kuchar|
Note: Quietly having a solid season, so what's new? A major championship would be new and this looks like as good of a spot as any.
| 4. Rory McIlroy|
Note: Perhaps he's ready to take back the throne. His game has been solid post-break-up and he's no stranger to competing at a major.
| 5. Adam Scott|
Note: Failed to defend his Masters title earlier this year, but that might serve him well this week as he comes in under the radar. Scott has never thrived with all the attention anyway.
| 6. Jordan Spieth|
Note: There's no way to tell how the youngster will handle the U.S. Open layout and the pressure that comes with it, but he's passed nearly every test to date, so why not this one?
| 7. Justin Rose|
Note: In a tough spot