LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — There’s no secret that this year’s U.S. Open is going to pose as a major challenge for those golfers participating in the second major tournament of the year.

Oakmont Country Club, which has the reputation of being the most difficult course in all of the United States, has had analysts and players talking about its incredibly long roughs and super fast greens for the past week.

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To make matters even worse, the weather is now going to be a factor as rain is expected both Thursday and Friday.

With that all said, here’s what you’ll need to know about the U.S. Open at Oakmont so that you can sound as intelligent as possible when talking to your friends, co-workers, or family.

WHO TO BET:

The three heavy favorites at Oakmont this year are Jason Day (13/2), Rory McIlroy (7/1), and Jordan Spieth (8/1).

Dustin Johnson (12/1), who is the next closest, is still seeking his first win of the season.

When making your picks for the upcoming Open, keep the following in mind: the rough is ridiculously thick, making those who aren’t exactly the most accurate off the tee box less valuable picks.

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Also, try to pick golfers who have a spectacular short game, as they’ll need it in order to score well this coming weekend.

Here’s the full odds list for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

COURSE CONDITIONS:

If you’ve been wondering what players who’ve been practicing for the past week have been going through, here’s what they’re saying on social media.

And to make matters even worse, Oakmont has already claimed it’s first victim after Chris Crawford’s caddie reportedly broke his ankle after falling into a bunker during a practice round Tuesday.

Let’s put it this way, Jordan Spieth said on Monday in a presser that, “I don’t think anyone is going to be in the red come 72 holes.”

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