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 10 players that will head to Pinehurst No. 2 with knowledge of what it takes to win America's national championship. Here is a closer look at the past winners that have secured tee times for next week. -- Nick Masuda, Golfweek
Getty ImagesTyler Lecka
When he won: 2013, Merion GC Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: Win (2013); T-21 (2012); MC (2011); DNP (2010); MC (2009) 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). | MORE FROM GOLFWEEK
Getty ImagesSam Greenwood
When he won: 2012, Olympic Club Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-32 (2013); Win (2012); T-14 (2011); DNP (2010); DNP (2009) 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.
When he won: 2011, Congressional CC Major victories: 2 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-41 (2013); MC (2012); Win (2011); MC (2010); T-10 (2009) 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.
Getty ImagesDavid Cannon
When he won: 2010, Pebble Beach Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-2 (2012); T-14 (2011); Win (2010); T-18 (2009) The skinny: Graeme McDowell says Pinehurst is a second-shot golf course, and there are few better at that 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 no lower than T-18 in four of his last five starts in the championship.
AFP/Getty ImagesJIM WATSON
When he won: 2009, Bethpage State Park Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); MC (2012); T-42 (2011); T-58 (2010); Win (2009) 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.
When he won: 2007, Oakmont CC Major victories: 2 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-46 (2012); MC (2011); T-22 (2010); T-54 (2009) 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 the 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.
Getty ImagesRichard Heathcote
When he won: 2006, Winged Foot GC Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-32 (2013); MC (2012); MC (2011); MC (2010); T-47 (2009) 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.
Getty ImagesMarianna Massey
When he won: 2004, Shinnecock Hills; 2001, Southern Hills Major victories: 2 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: DNP (2013); T-10 (2012); T-23 (2011); T-58 (2010); T-16 (2009) 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.
Getty ImagesChristian Petersen
When he won: 2003, Olympia Fields CC Major victories: 1 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: MC (2013); T-4 (2012); MC (2011); T-16 (2010); T-33 (2009) 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.
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY SportsMichael Madrid
When he won: 1997, Congressional CC; 1994, Oakmont CC Major victories: 4 U.S. Open finishes over last five years: T-4 (2013); 9 (2012); MC (2011); 3 (2010); MC (2009) 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.