McIlroy returning from another injury at Wisconsin major

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

The agronomy team got to work on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes on Tuesday, trimming the fescue back by up to ten yards in some places as players continued their practice rounds.

He was incredulous Tuesday when he learned that the menacing fescue in the rough was being cut much lower on four holes. "Attitude makes for at least 25 percent of your performance". "But I will tell you in this case, it had nothing to do, absolutely zero to do with what the players were saying". The Australian broke through for his first major win in the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, shooting 20 under for a three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

Rory McIlroy strolls through the fescue rough at Erin Hills during Wednesday's practice round.

"Just a mental test, just dealing with the mental side of the game more than any other tournament", said American Jordan Spieth, victor of the 2015 US Open on a similar links style course at Chambers Bay. "Everyone is going to run into some sort of trouble out there - everyone is".

"I go into every tournament expecting to play well and this is really no different", he said. "Tough conditions, windy conditions, rain whatever it is, as long as it's harder, I feel like I play a lot better in conditions like that". All I had in mind was winning the tournament. It actually pitches from the middle of the green to the back.

"I asked them, how's the weather going to be?" he said. "It's a matter of how you handle yourself in that moment to prepare yourself to greatness".

"What I really liked about it is that it's obviously incredibly demanding, it's long off the tee, which makes it demanding off the tee, but there is room to play", Rose said.

Fellow Queenslander Adam Scott also expressed the opinion that the course was fair, in the sense that the fairways are generous.

The world number one won his first major in last year's US Open at Oakmont, after several near-misses, and is the bookmakers' favourite at the picturesque Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin.

"So if you're playing well hopefully you won't be out there too many times. If we can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home", McIlroy said. He plans on tossing out his three-wood.

"I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard", McIlroy said. "We have 60 yards from left line to right line (of the fairway)". "And you're going to have to scramble".

Rose has recorded five top-10s in major championships since his victory at Merion in 2013, where he became the first English victor of the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

"I was very cognizant of coming in here and forming my own opinion", Rose added. If one guy pulls out, I'll be in.

The Rules of Golf state players aren't entitled to relief unless an obstruction interferes with their stance, the lie of the ball or the area of their intended swing.

"I don't know how long my time playing at this level will be".

"I think the USGA is very much okay with that and I think that they're looking for a really exciting championship that they'd like to be tough but fair".

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