There’s myriad storylines entering the 2022 U.S. Open, and among those is a reunion of the best players in the world. Even though LIV Golf has only been cranking for a week, it does feel like the tectonic plates of the sport are shifting with the major championships providing the opportunity for everyone to congregate for the sake of putting on one of the most competitive tournaments in the world.

Because of this reality — and hopefully it always remains a reality — all the best are gathered near Boston this week at The Country Club, and it’s time to sort out how well they’re playing going into the week and who has the best chance of taking home the third major of the year.

This is always a difficult exercise. Should you take players who have played well at past U.S. Opens or players whose games are smoking coming in? If you can find golfer who fits both categories, I suppose that’s ideal, which is why we start with Rory McIlroy at the top.

It was interesting to thumb through this field as it’s been easy to lose sight of how Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka have fallen off while Davis Riley and Sungjae Im have risen up. This list is an attempt to sort out who has the best chance of capitalizing on momentum (or turning it around) as we look at who’s best positioned to win the 122nd U.S. Open.

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