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"These are the widest fairways we've ever played in a U.S. Open". Rory McIlroy is clearly following the same approach as the most decorate champion in history.

"I go into every tournament expecting to play well, and this is really no different", said Stricker, who will serve as the US captain at this year's Presidents Cup starting on September 28 in New Jersey.

Then a memory of 2011 came flooding back.

"We know we've had some issues the last two years". "I've played eight or nine rounds of golf over the past ten days".

"I don't think in the foreseeable future you will see a change in the 18-hole playoff", Davis said.

It is a monstrous course at over 7,700 yards, and Spaniard Rahm described it as "like a links golf course on steroids-everything is a little bigger", per the42.ie. "And that was the only problem I truly had with the Dell Hole is, because we were playing the Dell Hole, we were losing what I think will become one of the iconic short holes in all of golf".

"My expectations going into Whistling, I was playing well".

McIlroy on Monday had voiced dismay at the decision, insisting that players who were unable to make the fairway shouldn't bother turning up to a tournament often described as the toughest test in golf.

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The USGA has done its best to formulate a borderline impossible golf test, and anyone trying to tackle Erin Hills in Wisconsin this week better bring their A-game - and even that might not be enough to break par. Everyone is going to run into some sort of trouble out there. "It's a matter of how you handle yourself in that moment to prepare yourself to greatness", added Day. "I think they [the organisers] are doing a good thing trimming it back just a little".

Justin Rose won the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion and that rough was just as tough.

The weather is always an important factor in majors, and will significantly affect the player's experience of how the course plays and scores this week at the US Open.

There had been concern leading into this week about how this relatively new venue would rate within a field of players who have felt critical of the organisers in recent years, particularly after the condition of (fellow debut course) Chambers Bay and the rules debacle that marred the 2016 championship at Oakmont.

Phil Mickelson, a runner-up six times, is not the model of accuracy off the tee.

The affronts to his body are not quite Tiger Woods-esque but they have prevented him from competing in several events, including the 2015 defense of his Open Championship title. But with the wetter conditions you're going to have to pull the driver more than the 2-iron this week. If I go back to Sweden, I'm sure that success is kind of pushing on more success.

"I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard. I haven't cracked the code, but hopefully I'm on my way".

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