We're witnessing a different era in golf and especially at the US Open. The 2010 US Open concluded without an American in the top-three, the first time such a feat had been accomplished in the tournament's history. The 2011 US Open nearly suffered the same fate before Robert Garrigus and Kevin Chappell -- two of the unlikeliest of names -- vaulted into the top-three with late charges up the leaderboard. The world has caught up, and a look at how the majors have played out over the last year shows as much.
An American hasn't won a major since Phil Mickelson took home the green jacket at the 2010 Masters, a five major streak that Rory McIlroy continued this week. The European contingent -- and the world, in fact -- is taking its turn as golf's dominating group, and with Tiger Woods sidelined and Phil Mickelson slumping, there's no telling how long it will last.
Look at the US Open for another prime example. Idaho-born Robert Garrigus, hardly a household name, was the top American entering the final round. He faltered early, bogeying three of the first nine holes to fall out of the top-15, and at one point it looked as though the US Open would finish without an American in the top-five for the first time.
Thanks to a back-nine 31 -- five birdies and one bogey -- Garrigus climbed back up to where he started, finishing in third at the US Open. He was joined by Kevin Chappell, whose final round 66 tied with Charl Schwartzel for the low round of the day.
The two were the only Americans in the top-10 in the 2011 US Open. The leaderboard was a who's who of international golf, including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, whose week served more as a coronation. It's clear Europe and the world are alive and well in the world of golf, and have risen to the top of the pecking order in the rankings and majors.
Here's a look at the top-10.