"If we can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home", McIlroy said. The longer hitters may be going in with more lofted irons, but the shorter guys are often going to see more of what they are aiming at.
There's more to it than just length.
Model Paulina Gretzky has given birth to her second son with longtime partner and pro golfer Dustin Johnson. For someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.
"Really?" McIlroy said during his news conference.
Jack Nicklaus, an 18-time Major victor and noted course designer, rated Winged Foot a 12 on a scale of one-to-10 in terms of difficulty. We know we've had some issues the past two years. He ruptured a tendon in his ankle playing soccer and missed two months, including his British Open title defense at St. Andrews.
This time, McIlroy has been out for six weeks because of a recurring injury in his rib that caused him to miss almost two months at the start of the year.
McIlroy arrived in Wisconsin last week to begin surveying a course he believes he can thrive on. He says he can swing and has full power.
Balls that don't hit the unusually large fairways are at risk of being lost in the giant fescue that seems to grow exponentially with each rain, which it did on Monday and Wednesday.
The unknown is how sharp he will be this week. "But I'm a bit concerned this week".
"Plenty of our friends who caddie on tour, their players weren't in this week, so I didn't expect it", Price said. "I'm excited to come back and defend this week".
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I don't blame Jon Rahm for not wanting to practice getting out of the rough, apparently out of a fear of injury, but the best way not to deal with it is to stay out of it.
"I like to rise above that because I want to have the most amount of fun". It's just a matter of being able to do it.
The U.S. Open champion will very likely be crowned on Sunday afternoon, but there's also a good chance that the victor will have to wait until Monday.
The Erin Hills course in Wisconsin was the butt of a few jokes made by various golfers ahead of the tournament, with the long grass, known as fescue, a little too long for some.
Fleetwood, who missed the cut in his last two starts, had also started on the back nine and birdied the 10th, 13th and 18th before picking up another shot on the first.
Like Chambers Bay in 2015, Erin Hills is a new course that was built to host major tournaments like the U.S. Open. That sea of knee-high fescue bordering the fairways is just as treacherous as it looks on television.
FREE RELIEF: The USGA is enacting a local rule this week created to allow players to putt or hit hybrids from off the green even if a sprinkler head is in their way. And keep a good attitude.
The bunkering will increase the degree of difficulty on what is already the longest layout in U.S. Open history, at 7,741 yards.
"All I was trying to show was the fans was an inside-the-ropes view of what we're dealing with", Na said. Everyone is going to run into some sort of trouble out there. "If you can put yourself in that mindset when you're playing, it helps a ton".
Jordan Spieth said he thought a score of five- to 10-under could win the tournament.
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