What a difference 15 years makes

The US Open trophy. (Getty Images)
The US Open trophy. (Getty Images)

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It's been a scant 15 years since Payne Stewart won the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst but so much has changed in the world of golf.

Tiger Woods became immortal then became very, very mortal. There was another US Open at Pinehurst. Stars have risen and fallen.

But a few things remain.

Namely these golfers who competed in the 1999 edition.

Golfers who made cut in 1999 and will play in 2014

Phil Mickelson 
Steve Stricker 
Jim Furyk 
Stewart Cink 
Miguel Angel Jimenez 
Darren Clarke 

Golfers who missed cut in 1999 and will play in 2014

Ernie Els
Thomas Bjorn 
Matt Kuchar 

Obviously Tiger made the cut in 1999 and he could play but that's looking fairly unlikely at this point. And others from 1999 -- like Mike Weir and Davis Love III -- could qualify through sectionals.

As the AP pointed out earlier this week half the US Open field these days is qualifiers which come in all shapes and sizes. It means the US Open has the most turnover of any of the four majors from year to year.

It means what those nine golfers above have sustained over the last 15 years is incredibly impressive. 

h/t Scott Michaux for this idea

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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