The next major is the Open Championship in six weeks, but before we look ahead, here are the 10 bests players following the 117th United States Open. The rankings are based on how a player has performed this season, and not what he has done over the last year.
(Note: Official World Golf Rankings are as of June 18th)
Previous rank: 9
Best result: 1st (Dean & DeLuca Invitational)
Kisner played all four days at Erin Hills, but was never really a factor in the tournament. The 33-year-old sat at even par heading into the weekend, but threw a pair of 76s on the board to shoot an 8-over par total.
Previous rank: 8
Best result: T-4 (Bay Hill, WGC-HSBC)
McIlroy's return from a rib injury was short-lived at Erin Hills, missing the 36-hole cut line. The Northern Irishman struggled on Day 1 of the U.S. Open, but had a strong finish, leaving us wanting more. The 28-year-old has two scheduled starts before the Open Championship, which should produce a sharper McIlroy.
Previous rank: 2
Best result: 1st (Farmers Insurance Open)
Rahm missed his second straight cut at Erin Hills, posting 76-73, and had a number of meltdowns over two days at the U.S. Open. The young Spaniard showed his age in Wisconsin, failing to control his emotion. Rahm hasn't shot a round under par in his last four rounds, and has a 74.75 scoring average in that stretch.
Previous rank: 3
Best result: 1st (The Masters)
Garcia headed into the weekend at Erin Hills, but couldn't take advantage of a generous course on Saturday, shooting 71. The Masters champion would card an even-par 72 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 21st place.
Previous rank: 4
Best result: 1st (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am)
It took Spieth three days to finally figure out the Erin Hills greens, but it was way too late for the Texan. Spieth shot the fifth-lowest round on Sunday with a 69, thanks to his first sub-30 putting round of the week. The 23-year-old's long game was great, but it was again the flatstick that let him down.
Previous rank: NR
Best result: 1st (U.S. Open)
Koepka has been good since the WGC-Match Play, but at Erin Hills he was great. The Florida State alum won his first major championship, while also tying the U.S. scoring record with a 16-under par 72-hole total.
Previous rank: 6
Best result: 1st (CIMB Classic, SBS, Sony)
Thomas provided one of the greatest rounds in U.S. Open history on Saturday with a 9-under-par 63, but it was a different story 24 hours later. The 24-year-old shot a final-round 75, which isn't uncommon after a round of 63.
Previous rank: 7
Best result:1st (WGC-HSBC Champions, Phoenix Open)
The Japanese star had his first top-10 result since winning the Phoenix Open in February with a T2 result in the U.S. Open. The result was also his best showing in a major championship, despite opening the tournament with a 74.
Previous rank: 2
Best result: 1st (Honda Classic)
Fowler came out of the blocks fast on Thursday, and arrived at Erin Hills on Sunday with a great chance to finally break through and win his first major title. The five-time PGA Tour winner never found his game in the final round, and watched Brooks Koepka playing ahead of him take the title.
Previous rank: 1
Best result: 1st (Genesis, WGC-Mexico, WGC-Match Play)
Johnson had the weekend off for the second straight start, posting a 75-73 at Erin Hills. The pre-tournament favorite struggled on the greens in both of his rounds, needing 65 putts.
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