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OPINION: 2016 US Open returns to iconic home, Oakmont

The US Open, golf's second major will tee off for the 116th time tomorrow at arguably the unofficial home of the event at Oakmont Country Club.

However, if you're expecting a nostalgic homecoming, then think again! Under its rich velvet greenness, Oakmont is looking distinctly grizzly and unfriendly.

The greens are lightning quick and, make no mistake, we'll see some big numbers over the next four days.

In fact, I fancy we'll see some high 80s and even a 90 or two being signed for - make a note of that side bet.

Oakmont has a record of taking some big names and teaching them real humility.

And let's not forget the terrible weather expected for day one. Most of tomorrow's early field will take a lot of strain.

Although let me point out that rain is a golfer's friend, particularly on a course like Oakmont. The greens become that easier to read, putt on, and putts actually start to drop.

I don't want to oversell the course, it is tough with bunkers that look like they've been carved out of landmine detonations, greens as fast as a speeding Nascar and rough that is more treacherous than a late night walk on the wrong side of the Bronx.

But at least its stunningly beautiful and nothing like Chambers Bay last year, which looked more like a landing strip for a base in Desert Storm. Plus, this is Oakmont, a course that is to the US Open what St Andrews is to the Open Championship. Its sentimental home!

So which superhero then will emerge victorious on Sunday? Which of The Avengers will be left standing at the end?

Not surprisingly I've opted for world number 1 Jason Day. Day is a golfer in prime form at the moment. He's a top ball-striker which will help at Oakmont, he's got unbelievable mental toughness and he's achieved an amazing track record at US Opens (T9 in 2015, T4 in 2014, T2 in 2013, 2nd in 2011). In short, he's a machine.

I've also got my eye on Sergio Garcia after his great showing in winning the Byron Nelson Classic a few weeks ago, and Dustin Johnson. Johnson has a SAM 6 missile to tee off with and that will help him at Oakmont. His putting and his will to win have let him down in the past, but I'd call him a "sleeper bet" come Sunday afternoon.

And the South Africans? Look no further than Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen. Both are looking sharp and relaxed and are happy to smash the ball into next week, can putt well and cut their teeth playing in shocking weather, which is something not all 156 players in the field can say.

So sit back and enjoy the US Open, but be sure to replace your divots and repair your pitch-marks. Oakmont will make a note if you are anything less than respectful of her pristine condition and this is one old lady you don't want to cross.

Jeremy Harris is the afternoon sports anchor at KFM, Cape Talk and EWN Sport's specialist golf correspondent. He is a keen golfer and plays off a 6 at his home club, Arabella. He is the voice of the Sunshine Tour weekly highlights and monthly magazine programmes on Supersport. Follow him on twitter @jeremyharris55.