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McIlroy's complaint: It's the US Open, leave rough alone

McIlroy's complaint: It's the US Open, leave rough alone

Amateur golfer John Oda follows his shot from the 11th fairway during a practice round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills.

Piping in odds from OddsShark and stats from PGATour.com, let's take a look at the eight golfers with the best chance to win the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday.

Before the U.S. Open began, they partnered with the Wisconsin State Golf Association to hold a Play9 event at the Washington County Golf Course and invited a wide variety of people to come out and play.

"My preparation for Majors has been a little different than in years past, maybe a few less trips around the golf course than I might have done previously", Scott said.

Kevin Na, one of five golfers with strong ties to Las Vegas playing in the U.S. Open, used social media to prove how hard the course will be this week. "I wasn't crying when I saw that rain last night and this morning", McIlroy said.

Day likes the course, which is being used for a US Open for the first time. "We have 60 yards from the left rough to the right rough".

"But I'm totally fine to play". One narrows to about 35 yards in a tight landing area, which is more in line with a U.S. Open. So if you've got 50 or 60 yards to hit into and you're complaining about the fescue that's wider than that, I don't think that's an issue. "You've got 156 of the best players in the world here".

"I played last week in a northerly wind which is the non-prevailing wind, and I got to play yesterday in the prevailing wind".

Stormy weather: With a storm moving in Monday evening, officials blew the horn to call players off the course at 6:45 p.m. Twenty-five minutes later, Erin Hills was hit with a torrential rainstorm that likely will affect playing conditions Tuesday. It's not unplayable. I don't think the golf course is unfair, by any means, because of the fescue.

The other players in the field with Southern Nevada ties are Las Vegas native Scott Piercy, former UNLV star Adam Scott, Las Vegas resident and former Rebel Charley Hoffman and current Rebel John Oda.

"Instead of hitting five bags of balls, I'll hit two, just something like that", he said.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to be here", Stricker said, "but very excited, relieved". The last six majors winners have all been first time winners.

It's huge, the longest U.S. Open course ever, at more than 7,741 yards (with room to make it even longer). "I don't want to get ahead of myself".

Paul Azinger, a 12-time victor on the PGA Tour and current analyst for Fox, sees the lack of play rather than the injury as McIlroy's biggest hurdle.

"But I think driving the golf ball is a big skill in golf, and I feel like this golf course definitely tests that". "If I stay patient and stick to the process and the game-plan, preparing the way I should and doing the right things, it will come". And because it's so long, strategy is driver, really, and that suits me. "But it's also a good feeling because I have a lot of percentages going my way".

While Johnson would be happy to win that second consecutive U.S. Open in honor of his second born, no matter how well he performs this will be a week DJ remembers for the rest of his life.


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