What a difference 15 years makes
Comparing the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst to the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst.
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
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Golfers who missed cut in 1999 and will play in 2014
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.
Riviera is the home of this week's 117th U.S. Amateur
A bunched-up leaderboard could be dominated by last year's Open winner
The scores are preposterously low in Greensboro thus far
Dealing with a rib injury, McIlroy considered sitting out the rest of the 2017 golf season
The No. 41 player in the world is all about core strength and his short game
The U.S. team is clearly jacked up for this event