McIlroy returning from another injury at Wisconsin major

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

Unlike most any other player at the U.S. Open, Diaz is also spending at least a little time scouting out a couch for a nap.

Aussie Nick Flanagan says having close friend and pro golfer Aron Price caddie for him will help calm the nerves when he contests his first US Open in 13 years.

The Newcastle product's last US Open appearance was in 2004, a year after he became the first Aussie in 100 years to win the US Amateur Championship.

27 Storm Track meteorologists are calling for sun and humidity later in the day, so it's unlikely storms affect the rest of the day at Erin Hills. If I pick one up here, great.

Jason Day tees it up in tomorrow's first round of the 117th US Open as one of the more fancied chances, not only because he is one of the game's elite but because of his exceptional record in the event since first playing in 2011. "They said with it being Wisconsin, there are going to be a lot of thunderstorms, either way, they just don't know when".

"I've heard nothing but great stuff about this golf course and how much everyone's attitude is great at the start of the week". "But there are so many options on every hole with distance".

For a time it looked as if Johnson might miss his second consecutive major.

Erin Hills might not sell the USGA's pace-of-play vision all that well. Lee Westwood had fun with his caddie, Billy Foster, filming him getting lost in the rough.

Told that the USGA were cutting back the heaviest patches of fescue in the landing areas at the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th, he was incredulous.

"There might be a little less expectation on me this week too, so hopefully I can go out there and play freely, go at pins and attack".

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Jordan Spieth, for example, noted that at one point he, McIlroy and Day had combined to win five of six majors when they were Nos.

"I wasn't crying when I saw that rain last night and this morning", he said Tuesday. "We have 60 yards from left to right line. But you've still got to execute and know that there's a lot of other players that have good attitudes as well that are coming into the week". If you can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.

And add that onto a course yardage that's closer to 8,000 yards than ever before and you have a US Open that's destined to have the victor finish over par. Even the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that. I don't think that's an issue. "And made sure I stayed patient, not get the anticipation built up too high". It is wide when you're standing in the middle of the fairway. It wouldn't surprise me if he shows up here on Thursday and plays the U.S. Open. More par-5s means more scoring opportunities. The 12-time PGA tour victor said it felt good to earn his spot in this year's U.S. Open after the USGA refused to give him an exemption.

That would be rain.

"I'd much rather the course harder than easier". The grass is similar - green at Erin Hills, brown and dying at Chambers Bay - but both are relatively wide by U.S. Open standards.

Many holes feature blind or semi-blind tee-shots, while the course's mid-section runs on an outward-inward path that will ensure players face variable winds. They're tremendous golf courses. The USGA this year finally relaxed its arcane rule forbidding alternates from playing practice rounds to familiarize themselves with the course.

"We try to make the course exacting", Davis said.

Dating to Tiger Woods winning the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines, there hasn't been a Monday playoff.

Johnson, who now is the world No. 1, won last year's tournament after he blew the 2015 U.S. Open in a playoff with Zach Johnson. "Is it right? Is it wrong?"

"Just seeing the property, seeing how large the property was, you know, the mounding, the shaping of the golf course, it's quite attractive". He might take a plane and get here in time. So it's going to be a totally different test of golf. I was walking in and I was feeling butterflies just looking at everything. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

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