The US Open begins this week with a stellar field of elite golfers including Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods and in-form Rory McIlroy chasing the greatest share of a prize fund totalling nearly £10 million.
Established in 1895, the tournament heads to Pebble Beach, in California, for the first time since 2010 this year.
As well as 72 holes of stroke play across four days, the US Open also offers the most lucrative financial rewards of the year for its winners.
McIlroy has been installed as favourite following his seven-shot win at the Canadian Open.
But PGA Championship winner Koepka has the incentive of becoming the first golfer since 1905 to win the tournament three times in a row.
The pair are considered the main contenders with good reason – McIlroy and Koepka hold the joint record for the lowest under-par score at the US Open, with McIlroy shooting 16 under in 2011 before the American matched his achievement in 2017.
Pebble Beach has a rich US Open history. Graeme McDowell became the first European to win the title for 40 years when he lifted the trophy on the last occasion the tournament was held on the course, in 2010.
This is the sixth time the US Open will visit Pebble Beach, which became the first public course to host the open in 1972, doing so again in 1982, 1992 and 2000.
The last British golfer to win the US Open, Justin Rose, enters the tournament ranked fourth in the world.
Tiger Woods, who hit the headlines when he won his first major for 11 years by winning the Masters in April, is also in contention.
McIlroy is ranked third, behind Dustin Johnson, who gave Koepka a scare with a late surge at last month’s US PGA Championship.
Previous winners at Pebble Beach include American icon Jack Niclaus, the winner of the first US Open held there.
Tom Watson surpassed a determined Nicklaus to win on the course a decade later, and Tom Kite won the only major of his career when he claimed the title at Pebble Beach in 1992.
Tiger Woods was at his formidable best to blitz the field in 2000, winning by the largest margin of the history of the tournament to record a 15-shot victory.
McDowell’s win in 2010 opened the floodgates for European winners, who provided four of the following five champions.
How to watch and live stream the US Open golf in the UK
Sky Sports is covering the US Open, beginning with a special On the Range show on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf from 8pm today (all times BST).
Fans can watch the featured groups on Sky Sports Golf from 3pm on Thursday, June 13, followed by later coverage on the same channel from 8pm and on Sky Sports Main Event from 9.30pm.
Coverage of the groups will resume from 3pm on Sky Sports Golf on Friday, June 14, followed by coverage on both channels from 8pm.
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf will cover the US Open from 7pm on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.
Live streaming and mobile coverage are available via the Sky Sports and Sky Go apps.
Radio coverage is on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 10pm to 1am on Thursday and Friday and 11pm to 3am on Saturday.
Listeners can tune in to hear the deciding round on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10pm and 3am on Sunday.
In the US, Fox Sports is covering the US Open on Fox Sports 1 from 12.30pm to 7.30pm and Fox Sport from 7.30pm-10.30pm on Friday and Saturday (all times ET).
Fox Sports will show the action from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday and 2pm to 10 on Sunday. The Fox Sport app also offers live streaming.
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