Here's all you need to know about the 124th U.S. Open taking place at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club

It's time for the third men's Major of the season, the U.S. Open which comes three weeks after Xander Schauffele won his first Major at the PGA Championship.

This week we're in North Carolina at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club on Pinehurst No. 2, which is hosting the U.S. Open for the fourth time (1999, 2005, 2014, 2024). After a surreal week at the PGA Championship which involved anything but the golf, including Rory McIlroy filing for divorce, Scottie Scheffler announcing his baby boy had arrived and then subsequently getting arrested on the Friday of the Major, the USGA will be hoping for focus to be fully on the golf this week.

One thing is for sure, after the USGA tested the women professionals to their limits 10 days ago at Lancaster Country Club for the U.S. Women's Open, golf fans will be looking for more of the same for the men this week (unlike the birdie-fest of last year).

124th U.S. Open Fast Facts

  • Host: Pinehurst Resort and Country Club is hosting its 13th USGA Championship. Hosting its first, the U.S. Amateur in 1962. Previous U.S. Open Champions here were Payne Stewart (1999), Michael Campbell (2005) and Martin Kaymer (2014). In 2014, the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open were played back-to-back weeks, with Michelle Wie winning her only Major. The U.S. Women's Open returns to Pinehurst in 2029.
  • Set-up: Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst No. 2 will be set to 7,543 yards and will play to a par of 35-35 =70. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.
  • Field: 156 golfers, from 26 countries, will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties).
  • Purse: The 2023 purse was $20 million, with the winner received $3.6 million. The 2024 purse is yet to be announced.
  • Champion: receives a gold champion's medal plus the U.S. Open Trophy which is a 1986 full scale replica of the original trophy. The winner also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, invitations to all four majors for five years, extended to 10 for the U.S. Open.
  • Current champion: Wyndham Clark won by one-shot over Rory McIlroy at The Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course. Clark, who was only playing in his third U.S. Open, overcame two late bogeys on 15 and 16 and closed with an even-par 70 to finish on 10-under-par. Clark’s final round wasn’t perfect but his up-and-downs on eight, nine, 11 and 17 eventually won him the Major. The American became the fifth consecutive champion to make the U.S. Open his first major title.

About Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst No. 2

Donald Ross designed the course, which opened in 1907. The first nine holes were completed in 1901. Ross would fine-tune the layout several times through 1946. Rees Jones completed renovations prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw restored the course to Ross’ original design, bringing back many of Ross’ original design characteristics. The restoration was completed in March 2011.

Players to watch this week

There are some all-star groups heading out for the first round on Thursday, you can see the groups and tee times here. Probably most notable is the 1:14pm tee time of Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy - the best player in men's golf, the most recent Major champion and the player looking to break a 10-year Major drought.

Rory McIlroy

Let's start with McIlroy. If you're struggling to keep up with the soap opera that is men's professional golf, you may be surprised to hear that after filing for divorce before the PGA Championship, the Irishman has now called the divorce off, as per an article published in The Guardian.

So, if the relief of having the divorce out in the open could have helped him at Valhalla, does the news that he's going back to his wife Erica mean that he has a new motivation to get the job done?! Who knows, if he performs well it's because his personal life is more stable, if he performs badly it's because his personal life has distracted him from the game at hand.

All we know, from a golf point of view, is that the greens at Pinehurst are going to prove pivotal to the success or failure of players this week. Something that McIlroy echoed in his press conference:

"I would say embracing the difficult conditions, embracing the style of golf needed to contend at a U.S. Open, embracing patience. Honestly, embracing what I would have called "boring" back in the day. Explosiveness isn't going to win a U.S. Open. It's more methodically building your score over the course of four days and being okay with that. Honestly, it's just more of a reframing of a mindset than anything else."

Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler has hopefully put the arrest on Friday at the PGA Championship behind him after the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence to try the case. The American comes into the week off the back off a win at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, his first as a new Dad and his fifth from eight starts this season.

As we've come to expect with Scheffler, he has a great mindset heading into this week:

"I think a lot of it's patience. And then there's certain areas of the golf courses where you can't really fake it. You just have to step up there and hit great golf shots. I can't really worry about where the ball is going to go because I am going to hit a lot of really good shots this week that just don't work out, and you're going to make bogeys hitting good shots.

"That's just the nature of how difficult the golf course is. But what I appreciate about this kind of course is a lot of the areas around the greens are all fairway, and so it may be extremely difficult shots, but there's always opportunity. It definitely provides a little bit more variety, a little bit more excitement and a little bit more creativity around the greens. I believe it's a better test than just having heavy rough over the back of every green. Courses like this I think are a lot of fun to play."

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele comes into this week after breaking his Major duck and with very little off-course drama to distract him from the game at hand. With top 15 finishes in the last six U.S. Opens and with his newfound confidence, could he possibly make it two Major wins in a row?

"My big goal is always to be in the hunt. I think if I'm in the hunt on that back nine on Sunday, I think it's going to be really helpful knowing that I've done it before."

If the U.S. Women's Open is anything to go by, then be prepared to see some names at the top of the leaderboard that you may not have expected. Patience, plotting and putting will be the three Ps needed to be employed this week on Pinehurst No. 2.

We'll be providing daily news updates from the 124th U.S. Open, so keep an eye out across our social media channels.

How to watch the 124th U.S. Open

There will be over 45 hours of live coverage from the 124th U.S. Open. In the UK, live coverage starts at 12:30pm (BST) on Thursday June 13 running for 12.5 hours. Friday coverage also starts at 12.30pm, whilst Saturday is from 3pm and final round coverage begins at 2pm on Sunday.

You can view the full 124th U.S. Open field and tee times here.