Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, June 11-17, 2018, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
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The U.S. Open has finally arrived and with it comes an abundance of fascinating storylines to watch for as the championship unfolds. The first, of course, is the return of Tiger Woods, a three-time U.S. Open champion making his first start in the event since 2015, when he missed the cut at Chambers Bay. His latest comeback has been encouraging so far, enough to make him one of the favorites to win at Shinnecock Hills. If he does, it will be his first major championship win since his last U.S. Open victory in 2008 at Torrey Pines, when he defeated Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a Monday playoff. A win would also be the 80th of his career, and his first worldwide since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
As is the case at every U.S. Open he plays until he wins (or doesn't), Phil Mickelson's quest for the career grand slam will always be intriguing to follow. The last time the Open was at Shinnecock in 2004 was arguably Lefty's best chance, but a triple-bogey 5 at the par-3 17th in the final round saw him drop two shots, which proved to be too much to overcome Retief Goosen's remarkable back-nine play that led him to victory. This year will mark Mickelson's 27th start in a U.S. Open, an event he's finished second in six times.
With so many young, talented players in this year's field, it's hard to point to any one guy as the clear favorite, but both Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, the last two U.S. Open champions, appear primed to take another crack at the trophy. Then there's Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas, all looking to add another major championship to their resume. Patrick Reed hopes to do the same, and a victory would get him halfway to the grand slam. As for Rickie Fowler, he continues to search for his major break through.