In-depth look at 10 past champs in U.S. Open field

Justin Rose is one of 10 former U.S. Open champions in the field at Pinehurst No. 2.

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The field for the 2014 U.S. Open is nearly set – only a player moving into the top 60 in the world rankings this week can receive a last-minute invite – and there are a 10 players that will head to Pinehurst No. 2 with knowledge of what it takes to win America's national championship.

From Justin Rose to Rory McIlroy to Jim Furyk, winning the title doesn't guarantee that they'll find the winner's circle again, but it sure doesn't hurt to fall back on the patience needed to survive America's toughest courses.

Here is a closer look at the 10 past winners that have secured tee times for next week, while also looking at two players that are still active, but not participating in the year's second major, including Tiger Woods:

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JUSTIN ROSE

  • When he won: 2013, Merion GC
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 9
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: Win (2013); T-21 (2012); MC (2011); DNP (2010); MC (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 5 top-10 finishes; 42nd in FedEx Cup standings; made 9 of 11 cuts
  • The skinny: Rose started the season a bit banged up, but the Englishman has looked good over the past two months, finishing in the top 10 in four of seven events. Rose will try to become the first player since Curtis Strange (1989-90) to win back-to-back titles, an accomplishment matched by Ben Hogan (1950-51), Ralph Guldahl (1937-38), Robert T. Jones, Jr. (1929-30), John J. McDermott (1911-12) and Willie Anderson (1903-05).

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WEBB SIMPSON

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Webb Simpson after his 2012 U.S. Open win.

  • When he won: 2012, Olympic Club
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 33
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-32 (2013); Win (2012); T-14 (2011); DNP (2010); DNP (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 5 top-10 finishes; 18th in FedEx Cup standings; made 10 of 13 cuts
  • The skinny: Simpson has proven that he can take down former U.S. Open winners under pressure, beating both Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell at Olympic Club in 2012. He has yet to miss a cut in the U.S. Open, so he's a good bet to be playing on the weekend at Pinehurst.

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RORY McILROY

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Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open in 2011.

  • When he won: 2011, Congressional CC
  • Major victories: 2
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 6
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-41 (2013); MC (2012); Win (2011); MC (2010); T-10 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 6 top-10 finishes; 36th in FedEx Cup standings; made 9 of 9 cuts
  • The skinny: It's hard to bet against the 25-year-old, especially after his impressive performance at the BMW PGA Championship, followed by a 63 in the opening round at the Memorial. Yes, he can post a big score here and there, and he'll need to manage that under U.S. Open pressure, but there is no better golf swing out there, and that will always keep him in contention.

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GRAEME McDOWELL

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Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

  • When he won: 2010, Pebble Beach
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 22
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-2 (2012); T-14 (2011); Win (2010); T-18 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 5 top-10 finishes; 55th in FedEx Cup standings; made 8 of 9 cuts
  • The skinny: Graeme McDowell says Pinehurst is a second-shot golf course, and there are few that are better than McDowell. While not extremely long off the tee, he has tremendous accuracy with his irons. Plus, McDowell has a good track record in the U.S. Open, finishing now lower than T-18 in four of his last starts in the championship.

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LUCAS GLOVER

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Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park.

  • When he won: 2009, Bethpage State Park
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 341
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); MC (2012); T-42 (2011); T-58 (2010); Win (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: No top-10 finishes; 166th in FedEx Cup standings; made 7 of 21 cuts
  • The skinny: It has been a steep decline for the 2009 champ, as he picked up six top-10 finishes in 2009 alone, only to have six total since the beginning of 2010. This season has been especially difficult, missing 67 percent of his cuts.

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ANGEL CABRERA

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Angel Cabrera won the U.S. Open in 2007.

  • When he won: 2007, Oakmont CC
  • Major victories: 2
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 97
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-46 (2012); MC (2011); T-22 (2010); T-54 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: No top-10 finishes; 173rd in FedEx Cup standings; made 5 of 13 cuts
  • The skinny: The 44-year-old seems to show up in majors, somehow erasing poor numbers throughout the PGA Tour season to find some magic in year's biggest events. The U.S. Open, at least for the last five years, hasn't been a part of that trend, and with a missed cut at the Masters, one has to start wondering if his game holds up under major pressure any longer.

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GEOFF OGILVY

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Geoff Ogilvy won the U.S. Open in 2006.

  • When he won: 2006, Winged Foot GC
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 166
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-32 (2013); MC (2012); MC (2011); MC (2010); T-47 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: No top-10 finishes; 141st in FedEx Cup standings; made of 9 of 16 cuts
  • The skinny: To say that Geoff Ogilvy has struggled in recent years may be an understatement, and not just at the U.S. Open. Since the beginning of the 2012 PGA Tour season, Ogilvy has mustered only two top-10 finishes.

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REFIEF GOOSEN

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Retief Goosen won the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

  • When he won: 2004, Shinnecock Hills; 2001, Southern Hills
  • Major victories: 2
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 217
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: DNP (2013); T-10 (2012); T-23 (2011); T-58 (2010); T-16 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 2 top-10 finishes; 105th in FedEx Cup standings; made 12 of 17 cuts
  • The skinny: While well down in the latest OWGR, Goosen has enjoyed a solid season on Tour in 2014. And his game is fit perfectly for the U.S. Open, as he is very patient and level-headed, knowing that par is perfectly fine and sometimes the best score possible on any given hole.

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JIM FURYK

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Jim Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.

  • When he won: 2003, Olympia Fields CC
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 12
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-4 (2012); MC (2011); T-16 (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 5 top-10 finishes; 11th in FedEx Cup standings; made 12 of 12 cuts
  • The skinny: Furyk's longevity in golf should be applauded, as his only major championship came 11 years ago this week, yet he is still ranked No. 12 in the world and has yet to miss a cut on Tour as a 44-year-old. That's impressive. Furyk could be dangerous on this layout, as he hits fairways and can be deceptively long – a perfect formula for Pinehurst.

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ERNIE ELS

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Ernie Els won the U.S. Open in 2007 at Congressional.

  • When he won: 1997, Congressional CC; 1994, Oakmont CC
  • Major victories: 4
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 52
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-4 (2013); 9 (2012); MC (2011); 3 (2010); MC (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: 1 top-10 finish ; 94th in FedEx Cup standings; made 10 of 14 cuts
  • The skinny: You think the Big Easy likes the U.S. Open? Not only does he own a pair of titles from the 90s, he's also been in the top 10 in three of his last five appearances at America's national championship. Don't forget that he won the Open Championship in 2012, while also finishing T-15 at Pinehurst in the 2005 U.S. Open.

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Out of U.S. Open due to injury . . .

TIGER WOODS

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Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Open title in 2008 at Torrey Pines.

  • When he won: 2000, Pebble Beach; 2002, Bethpage State Park; 2008, Torrey Pines
  • Major victories: 14
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 4
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-32 (2013); T-21 (2012); DNP (2011); T-4 (2010); T-6 (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: No top-10 finishes; 205th in FedEx Cup standings; made 3 of 3 cuts
  • The skinny: Woods' absence is felt by TV ratings all over the world, but also in the quality of play on the course. Woods not only owns three U.S. Open titles, he also has two top-10 finishes in his last four starts at the championship. He's recovering from surgery to his back and has set no return date, although normal recovery patterns would have him potentially healthy for the Open Championship.

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MICHAEL CAMPBELL

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Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

  • When he won: 2005, Pinehurst
  • Major victories: 1
  • Current Official World Golf Ranking: 576
  • U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); MC (2012); MC (2011); MC (2010); MC (2009)
  • 2014 PGA Tour highlights: None
  • The skinny: Campbell's last made cut at the U.S. Open was in 2008, a T-57. He has been a non-factor around the world, with his last win coming at the HSBC World Match Play Championship in Sept. 2007.
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