Oakmont Country Club
Oakmont hosts the US Open for a ninth time as the world's best players travel to Pennsylvania.Getty Images

The US Open takes place at Oakmont Country Club from 16-19 June.

Where to watch live

Live coverage of the US Open is available on Sky Sports 4HD throughout the championship. Coverage for rounds one and two starts at 3pm BST, while rounds three and four will be broadcast from 4pm. Sky Sports 1HD will simultaneously broadcast day three from 6:15pm BST and day four from 4pm BST. BBC Radio Five Live will provide live commentary from round two onwards.

Preview

The US Open promises to be as keenly contested and difficult as ever as the United States Golf Association's flagship event arrives at Oakmont for a ninth time in 2016. Nine years on from its last visit to Pennsylvania, where Angel Cabrera prevailed with a score of five-over, this year's edition is likely to be equally as testing if the competition's recent history is anything to go by.

Winners of the second major of the season have finished under-par in just three of the last six years, and though that did include Rory McIlroy's record-breaking win at Congressional, fields in recent years have been decimated by the USGA's attempt to test players physically and mentally – while retaining their own integrity. They can at least assure that the greens will be an improvement on those at Chambers Bay 12 months ago, which were a horror to watch and play.

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Oakmont will test every aspect of a player's game, from tee to green with driving power, approach play and clutch putting key to navigating the course successfully. PGA Championship winner and bookmakers' favourite Jason Day looks best equipped given that specification, but many of the previous US Open winners have come from well down the rankings.

Recent success suggests that a British winner is as likely as any to hail from the US, with Rory McIlroy naturally the leading contender, while Danny Willett will be aim to do justice to his title as Masters champion. Runners-up at Augusta Lee Westwood has previously been in the race for the US Open, while Paul Casey will also fancy he has the game to master Oakmont.

Behind that handful of British players is the greatest underachiever at the US Open, Phil Mickelson. Six times a runner-up, Mickelson is chasing the elusive career grand slam and a second place finish in Memphis last week suggests he is approaching his bogey event at just the right time.

Selected tee times rounds one and two [times BST]

12:51pm and 6:36pm [starting from the 10th hole]: Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed

1:13pm [starting from the 10th hole] and 6:58pm: Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer

1:24pm and 7:09pm [starting from the 10th hole]: Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy claimed his first win of the season at the Irish Open in May.Getty Images

1:35pm [starting from the 10th hole] and 7:20pm: Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth

6:36pm and 12:51pm [starting from the 10th hole] Hideki Matsuyama , Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson

6:47pm and 1:02pm [starting from the 10th hole]: Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvey

6:58pm and 1:13pm [starting from the 10th hole]: Ernis Els, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera

7:30pm and 1:35pm [starting from the 10th hole]: Jason Day (Australia), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Adam Scott

7:09pm [starting from the 10th hole ] and 1:24pm: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose (England), Henrik Stenson