U.S. Open analysis: What to know as the world’s best invade Pinehurst

Rory McIIroy hits out of the bunker on the 14th green during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2023 in Dublin, OH. (Kyle Robertson/ USA Today Sports)

Scottie Scheffler chips up on the seventh green during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2. on Wednesday, in Pinehurst, N.C. (Katie Goodale/USA TODAY Sports)

The third men’s major championship of the year sees the U.S. Open return to a Donald Ross North Carolina masterpiece, Pinehurst No. 2.