US Open Preview: McIlroy returning from another injury

Posted June 15, 2017

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Erin Hills is built on farmland in central Wisconsin and opened in 2006, even though it appears to have been there forever.

It is a monstrous course at over 7,700 yards, and Spaniard Rahm described it as "like a links golf course on steroids-everything is a little bigger", per the42.ie.

McIlroy, again looking for the edge, got ahead of that game by having architect Fry walk the course with him. "It's very fun to stay out in the nice weather and you can meet a lot of new people".

"There's no need to injure my wrist before I tee off", he said.

Last week: Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the second straight year.

The U.S. Open has not had a playoff since the memorable duel between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in 2008, and a regulation victor at Erin Hills would mean the tournament went at least nine years in between playoffs for the first time in its history.

"I was fine with that, I really was". I don't feel it at all. It's hard, there are a couple of good, hard holes. I don't really know what we're in for this week. It's not supposed to be easy.

Grace's form has been moving in the right direction recently, with three finishes of 11th or better in his last four world-wide starts, most recently a tied ninth at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. "They'll vary the tees and where the pins are; they should have fun setting up the course".

The USGA said Tuesday that overnight storms and more rain in the forecast were making some of the native grasses lay down, which would create such dense rough that it would be virtually unplayable.

Only six players have ever done that, won the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. There's still loads of rough - if you hit it in the fescue then you've hit a bad shot. And great wedge players will do well, and that's also what I've focused on a little bit this year, to lift the standard of that so I'm able to contend. "That benefits a few guys, and luckily I'm one of them".

"The rough is still thick, it's a massive penalty".

"I don't think it's a secret that I feel like my driver is one of the biggest weapons in my bag", McIlroy said on Tuesday. Today, he said he took solace from the fact his only major win, the 2015 US PGA Championship, was also in the state of Wisconsin. "And you're going to have to scramble".

"I think it's a lot to do with preparation. How can we make sure it doesn't happen in the future?'"

The Australian, now ranked three in the world, has enjoyed a return to form in recent weeks and says he has "a lot more confidence" following two recent good showings on the PGA Tour.