Barnard Castle professional Robert Dinwiddie says he does not feel overawed ahead of the second US Open appearance of his career.
The 28-year-old, who last qualified in 2008, tees off on Thursday amid a field that includes world number one Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
"Playing every week on the European it's a strong field, it's the same guys here," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"There's no need for me to feel this is stronger than the average field."
Dinwiddie played in all four rounds of the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, but the 2011 event at Congressional will be his debut on the course.
"The course set-up is very similar, it's everything I expected it to be," Dinwiddie added.
"This is more parkland with the trees, the pace isn't quite as firm with the fairways, but similar shots are required.
"It's an intense week, it's where I ultimately want to be playing. I'll learn a lot about my game and my approach to it.
"It feels like quite a long time ago [since my last appearance]. I was going along quite well until I had a couple of bad breaks, and I ended up finishing about 35th, which isn't bad for my first major.
"You want to be in all of them once you've been in one, hopefully I can improve on that performance."