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McIlroy has not played competitively for a month and admits that might be an issue if he finds himself in contention on Sunday, but the Northern Irishman believes he can adapt to a different practice regime following his injury.

"And with the weather conditions, it doesn't look like it's going to blow too ridiculously hard, if I'm looking at the forecast now, " he said.

Good luck, guys. You're going to need it.

Two years ago at Chambers Bay, it went down to the 72nd hole before Jordan Spieth claimed his first U.S. Open victory. Even the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that.

"When I'm playing, I don't think of anything else than doing the best I can do to win a tournament".

"I have got married and there is the time off due to the injuries, so it has been kind of a amusing sort of five or six months". If you put red lines (denoting a hazard) just right along that, people wouldn't complain.

It's not like Madison's Steve Stricker couldn't have found anything else to do this week if he hadn't made the field for the 117th U.S. Open.

"If he can get off to a good start and then it [confidence] starts to flow back...he knows how to win these and he's done it on wet golf courses". They're tremendous golf courses.

Wind should make the course play firm and fast, not to mention that the USGA has set the yardage at 7,693 yards.

Speaking of the greens, McIlroy will enter the tournament with a new flat stick in his bag.

For sure, Kevin Na's social media posting of attempting to hit a recovery shot from the wispy grass in which he failed to escape its clutches and (apparently) lost the ball completely divided his fellow pros.

"You can be aggressive off the tee", said McIlroy, who is ranked second in the world behind defending champion Dustin Johnson.

The greens, like the fairways, are full of slope.

"I absolutely love the golf course", he said.

"It's not as if we don't listen to feedback from players, but I will tell you in this case it had nothing to do, absolutely zero to do with what the players were saying", Davis added. The fairways are probably the biggest they've ever been in the US Open, especially that I've played. It's also the first par-72 U.S. Open course since Pebble Beach in 1992. On the course and, more importantly, at home.

It's a tough challenge that Jason Day welcomes.

"There's no complaints from me", said Day, sounding like a man who's ready for anything Erin Hills blows his way. And they'll go, "OK, do I actually want to push it even more or do I have enough in the tank to just - I can just kind of cruise it in".

"I don't see par winning the tournament, I see closer to 5- to 10-under".

Azinger suggested the USGA might be more concerned than pace of play than simply making the course a less penal for players.

In its original inception, Erin Hills had a "bye hole", which is an extra hole used to settle bets or get the golfer from one hole to the next if the routing doesn't oblige.


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