We all know that experience is important in golf.
In order to win a major, often you have to go through the gauntlet of emotion and turmoil a few times before you can finally summon the mental and physical strength to claim the title of US Open champion.
Ten men enter the Olympic Club with their names on the championship trophy, hoping to once again reclaim the title.
Some men enter solely on their past glory, using an exemption in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle one more time.
Others hope to show the world that their major title was not some fluke or forgotten piece of golf trivia. They seek to legitimize their careers and place themselves among some of the bigger names in golf.
A select few enter with aspirations to re-establish themselves as the focal point of the sport. One man in particular hopes to continue a path to redemption that cannot be completed until he is hoisting a major trophy in the air.
So how will these players fare this week, and which betting line is worth taking?
If you're a betting man, we break down what the statistics say and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each contender in the 2012 US Open.
Let the debate begin!