Don't miss: Golf US Open

Caroline Cassidy

The greens have been meticulously manicured for the United States Open Championship and come June 13 a hush will descend upon Bethesda, Maryland, as the sport's finest prepare to tee off.

Golf US Open
Golf US Open

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First played in October 1895, the US Open is the second of the four majors and is staged at a variety of courses around the courses. This year it is the turn of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, a course which has staged the prestigious event on two previous occasions.

The tournament presents a tricky test for players - US Open courses are hard to beat and many a champion has won with an over-par win.

But each and every entrant will be giving it their all in a bid to reap the benefits - those who emerge victorious after the four 18-hole rounds are automatically qualified for the other three majors for five years and are invited to play in the US Open for the next 10 years.

So who will be walking away with the prize this year? Last year Ireland's Graeme McDowell held off the big guns at Pebble Beach and he will no doubt be hoping to repeat the feat.

England's Lee Westwood, who still heads the world rankings, will be looking to retain his top spot, while it was South African Charl Schwartzel who swept to a two-shot victory at Augusta in the US Masters.

Of course, many eyes will be on Tiger Woods - the US star was still in with a chance entering the final round of the Masters but failed to capitalise on his earlier good form and he recently slipped outside the top 10 in the official rankings for the first time since 1997.

With a knee injury to deal with Woods is determined to return for the US Open and has said he will "do whatever is necessary to play".

Whether he will return as a force to be reckoned with remains to be seen.

Who's your tip for the 2011 US Open? Let us know below...