U.S. Open: 10 most clutch shots of all time

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A list that includes some of the best players of all time, here’s a look at the top 10 clutch shots in the history of the U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open has played host to some of the most memorable moments in golf history and with memorable moments come memorable shots.

Since its inception in 1895, the U.S. Open has seen some of the greatest shots of all time and these shots have been hit — or putted as the case may be — by some of the greatest players. Jones. Nicklaus. Palmer. Watson. Woods. These are just a few of the Hall of Fame names –yes, I know that Tiger isn’t officially in yet but we all know that’s coming — that come to mind when thinking of clutch shots but what exactly is the criteria for the shots we’ll be looking at today?

Well, with the word “clutch” in the title, that’s obviously number one. The majority of the shots on this list came in the late stages of the U.S. Open, when the tournament is on the line and a chance at history is calling. Perhaps it’s a key iron shot to slam the door and take home the trophy. Perhaps it’s a putt to win or a putt to get you in a position to win in a playoff. Or perhaps it’s the most memorable chip-in the U.S. Open has ever seen. Whatever the case may be, the shots on this list — every single one of them — holds a special place in the history of one of the most special tournaments in the world.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 10 most clutch shots in U.S. Open history. (Actually, since I’m so darn generous, I’m going to give you 11 because I just couldn’t choose between two at one point so enjoy the bonus. Just don’t tell anybody.)