Rory McIlroy insists he will treat the US Open like any other tournament as he continues his build-up to the year's second major.
The 22-year-old took the US Open title in a record-breaking display at Congressional last year to win his first major at the age of 22.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the Northern Irishman, who had suffered the disappointment of blowing a four-shot final-round lead at the Masters just a couple of months before.
His display of ball-striking and accuracy from the tee was some of the best ever witnessed and the youngster has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 months with victories all over the world.
But he was unable to match his previous showing stateside at the Masters this year, with a share of 40th place at Augusta, and will look to bounce back at this week's Wells Fargo Championship, which he won back in 2010 with a final-round 62.
The Holywood-born star is supremely confident and appears to be a laid-back person but he admits that being a current major winner heading into one of the big-four events can bring its own problems and is something he will look to come to terms with as he defends his US Open crown.
"Going into majors as a major champion, it definitely heightens your expectation levels a little bit," he said. "That was something that I didn't control so well at the Masters a few weeks ago.
"Going back to defend my title in San Francisco will be a great experience for me and something I am really looking forward to."