Players aim to stay fresh ahead of US Open grind

Steve Stricker center and Jim Furyk chat on the ninth green Monday during a practice round for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Temperatures were around 90 for the opening day of the 117th tournament that tees off Thur

"But with that said, I think if we can have a little bit more runout, it would fit perfectly because I can hit my 2-iron would go 270, 275 yards off the tee and then run another 30 yards and it would be 300-plus yards, and that would be flawless around here, because I could be very super aggressive with the lines, and I don't have to pull that driver too much".

"Even the best drivers of the ball can't hit it in the fairway all the time at most U.S. Opens", Scott said.

"We have a wide enough area to hit it and you need to drive the ball well in order to win a U.S. Open", he said.

After a long layoff from a thrilling 2017 Masters, we will now head to Erin, Wisconsin, for this year's U.S. Open.

With thick fescue rough and cavernous bunkers Erin Hills is set to deliver this week at the 117 U.S. Open Championship.

Davis said the decision had been taken in consultation with the Erin Hills chief groundsman, Zach Reineking, who had warned on Monday that further rain at the course could make the fescue unplayable. Either way, McIlroy is certainly not pleased with the changes. The fact that he's putting so well, and the look of this golf course, and the fact that a U.S. Open doesn't often give you four looks at par fives - guess who leads the pga tour in par five scoring average? "And the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that". I understand why they cut it, but these fairways are so wide I think even Phil Mickelson could hit them (hopefully we get to find out of that's true). There's still loads of rough - if you hit it in the fescue then you've hit a bad shot.

Common sense at the US Open?

MCILROY'S SUMMER: Rory McIlroy has played only six tournaments this year because of a rib injury that cost him seven weeks at the start of the year, and a recurrence of the injury that made him sit out six weeks ahead of the U.S. Open.

World No. 1 and reigning champion Dustin Johnson arrived at Erin Hills late Tuesday afternoon and played some practice holes with Brooks Koepka a day after the birth of his second son. "That's going to be the challenge for everybody, to stay out of there", Steve Stricker said. The USGA introduced a local rule previous year that if a golf ball or marker moves accidentally, the player puts it back without penalty. "I feel like I can pick up confidence pretty quickly".

"I wanted to get some rest at home, work out, practice on my game".

Erin Hills might not sell the USGA's pace-of-play vision all that well. "I forgot to take my pills this morning and I've been sneezing about 50 times already".

The ninth at Erin Hills is a 135-160 yard downhill par 3 that should be a pitching wedge for everyone in the field unless playing dead into the wind. "You've got 156 of the best players in the world here. And this would be a cool spot to do it, I know that".

"You're never going to know what happens with certain rule situations or how the players play the course".

"But I'm totally fine to play".

"I don't think it's a secret that I feel like my driver is one of my biggest weapons", McIlroy said.

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