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US Open Preview: McIlroy returning from another injury

US Open Preview: McIlroy returning from another injuryā€¯

And he was happy enough to hear that some members of the field were already moaning and groaning about Erin Hills' perceived difficulty. Avoid the thick, knee-high fescue at all costs.

Now they still plan to play the tournament and not just go right to handing the trophy to McIlroy and for good reason.

A final round meltdown at the Masters past year came to define his 2016 campaign, but Spieth says he is in a positive frame of mind as he aims to repeat his 2015 US Open victory in Wisconsin. "But because it's grass, somehow we feel it's an unfair penalty. If I miss 10 feet right, I'm rolling down off the green", Hadwin said minutes after playing the hole on Monday. Nevertheless, four-time major victor McIlroy was left unimpressed by the USGA's decision. But the timing made it seem like a reaction to the complaints.

After hearing howls of protest from some of the more delicate souls in the 156-man field and seeing a torrential downpour soak the premises early on Tuesday, the USGA deigned to do away with much of the Amazon Forest-like rough lining the uncharacteristically wide fairways.

Gripes about the USGA and its course setups are an annual U.S. Open tradition.

With the past six major golf championships won by firsttimers, could there be a magnificent seventh at the US Open beginning on Thursday?

Keep it in the fairway. "They've got like 17,000 tee box choices back there as well".

Day's previous-best finish in a US Open is second behind McIlroy in 2011 and again in 2013 behind Justin Rose. "If you hit it wayward, it's penal - no doubt".

"So yeah, it hasn't been the best preparation in terms of competitively playing, but this is the first time I have got to the US Open on a Friday and I've played three really good practice rounds". He's paired with Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson. It's supposed to be a tough test.

He was trailing Billy Hurley, who still had more holes to play, and Rahm was in deep rough.

"From what I've seen so far, it's really good and I feel like you can be aggressive off the tee and with your approach shots", added the 28-year-old.

Jack Nicklaus always ruled out players who had been critical of the setup of a course during a tournament week, otherwise focussing on adapting his own game to the conditions.

"It's a tough one: you don't really know how you're going to do here".

"If you're in that stuff, then honestly, you might lose your ball". "The marshals are handcuffed if that happens and you have a lost ball". It's going to play somewhere around 7,700 yards long.

And now that he's here, Stricker, 50, is equally determined to make the most of what figures to be one of his last opportunities to compete in a major tournament.

No matter the reason, Azinger was glad to see Na's video.

"These locations will be augmented by tablets and some of us on the committee will have those with us and will be able to move quickly on making decisions considering facts as we go forward".



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