The second major of the year is different because they set it up with the emphasis on long game, whereas at the Masters it’s focused on play around the greens. You really have to hit the fairways at the US Open, because if you’re in the rough, sometimes you can only hit it two feet.

Although unique in many ways the boundaries are very often pushed to the limit with regards to playing conditions; rock hard greens, pin positions on slopes, rough up to your waist.

At times it can be a brutal challenge and normally favours the players whose temperaments and minds last the longest.

Having previously tipped Graeme McDowell each way in this column, several other players to watch closely are Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the US Open an incredible six times and this week’s venue should once again suit his amazing recovery skills.

After crushing the field at Augusta National in April for his maiden major title, the 21-year-old Spieth heads to Chambers Bay this week bidding to become the sixth man after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win the Masters and US Open in the same year.

The world number two can also become the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors aged 21 or younger with victory.

Yet it is the prospect of becoming the first player in the modern era to land all four majors in one year that puts a sparkle in his eye.

“I have a chance to make history in many ways,” said Spieth, who has recorded nine top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

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