The USGA has come under heavy criticism leading into this U.S. Open because of the way the last few have played out, with Phil Mickelson saying officials have messed up the course "100% of the time" when it doesn't rain to Golf Digest quoting anonymous players as saying a boycott was considered in the past.
But life on the PGA Tour can be intense, with players enduring long, hectic days that run far beyond what is picked up by the cameras during their rounds.
Attention has rightly been placed upon two-time defending Brooks Koepka, who is seeking history, former victor Dustin Johnson, the great Tiger Woods, returning to the site of his most dominant triumph, and the in-form Rory McIlroy.
The world number 19 won the last US Open to be played in California, at San Francisco's Olympic Club in 2012, when all of the attributes required this week came to the fore.
Twice a victor of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the 38-year-old is looking for his first major victory, and comes to California on the back of a tied-fourth place at the Canadian Open. The golf course is fantastic from start to finish. Has he crumbled under a little pressure this season in big moments? Yes?
Rory McIlroy is bringing top form with him into the tournament. His stunning victory at the Canadian Open, where he finished with a brilliant round of 61, means he comes to Pebble Beach full of confidence. Woods triumphed in 2000 by a crushing 15 strokes - still a major championship record - and Graeme McDowell ended Europe's 40-year US Open drought when he was the last man standing with a classic US Open total of even par 284 in 2010.
"When they started chanting, "DJ" on 14, it actually kind of helped, to be honest with you", Koepka said at the time.
It has been wonderful stuff from him this season though. Ten years later it was Tom Watson and in 1992 Tom Kite.
Recent victor at Colonial, the Korean American displays numerous classic battling traits required at the US Open, and he has made the cut in each of his last five appearances, including a seventh place at Oakmont three years ago.
Koepka, 29, has a chance to do what only one golfer has done before him - win a third straight US Open title.
Koepka said this latest omission would fuel his fire before Pebble Beach. He was 33/1 to defend a year ago and delivered at Bethpage, albeit with a wobble at the end. Jordan Spieth won when Dustin Johnson three-putted for par from 12 feet on the last hole.
One of those things was being left off a preview for this year's U.S Open, despite having won the tournament the past two years.
Tiger Woods produced one of the famous tournament performances of all time at Pebble Beach. You've always got to find something to give you a little bit of extra motivation. That was a precious result for him as it earned him a spot at the Open Championship this year.
Among the other key European challengers besides McIlroy, you are going to be looking at Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm. The great asset that they each have is their strength in pulling things together. "We feel good about what you see on the golf course and what we're going to present to the players as a tough but true test", Bodenhamer said. 40/1 to win, 7/2 top 10 finish. He is at 28/1 to double up on his haul of US Open titles* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 11th, 2019 at 00:57 am).
Certainly, the USGA knows what challenges await with the U.S. Open being staged on the iconic layout for a sixth time. There's Tiger Woods hoping to relive some past glories at the Major.
"It's just such a special place", Koepka said of the scenic course hugging the Pacific coast. "Then we get down on a mat and do a very active, dynamic stretch for another 10 minutes".