Rory McIlroy goes into the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst Resort as the Betfair favourite to claim his third major championship and his second in this tournament.
The Northern Irishman has already tasted victory in 2014 as he was successful in the BMW PGA Championship last month at Wentworth. That win in England marked his first European Tour win since November 2012. It was also his first tournament since he officially announced to the public that he had split from his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.
Rory McIlroy will be hoping to join the elusive list that includes players that have all won the US Open on multiple occasions. The 7495-yard course is expected to suit his long-hitting game which will be tested this week in California.
European golfers have been successful in three of the last four runnings of the US Open. Justin Rose is the defending champion as he came out on top in 2013 at Merion Golf Club to reward Betfair backers.
Rose has yet to prevail so far in 2014 but he has had four top 10 finishes. In his latest outing, the Englishman missed the cut in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
Graeme McDowell was the other European to lift the US Open trophy in recent years. He won with a winning score of E in 2010 as conditions were tough at Pebble Beach four years ago.
World number one Adam Scott has finished in the top 10 off all the major championships but the US Open. The best the Australian has achieved is a tie for 15th which came in 2012.
Scott has been drawn to play with fellow major winners Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel on the opening two days of the tournament. The former Masters winner is the near the top of the outright for the event with Betfair.