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The first major championship of the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season is upon us this week as the U.S. Open, originally scheduled for June but pushed back amid the COVID-19 pandemic, comes barreling into focus. It’s the first time since 1913 that the U.S. Open will be played in the month of September and the first event of a historic season set to crown six major champions.

The field is loaded as ever with a blend of the sport’s young stars as Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau collide with the old guard of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, all with the U.S. Open trophy and a total prize purse exceeding $12 million on the line. Life-changing money for many on the tour, a drop in the bucket for others.

And that’s what makes our annual rootability rankings so much fun. You can look at this event through a number of different lenses and pick your rooting interests accordingly. So if you want to cheer on the golfer with the lowest career earnings in the field, do it. If you want to root for Tiger to get even richer, then hey, no one’s stopping you.

Stick with CBS Sports and CBS Sports HQ for full coverage of the 2020 U.S. Open all throughout the week. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook

2020 PGA Championship Rootability Guide

Who will win the U.S. Open, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine to see the projected leaderboard, all from the model that’s nailed six golf majors (including Gary Woodland’s win last year) and is up over $8,000 since restart.