Rory McIlroy intends to be aggressive around the Olympic Club as he bids to defend his US Open title in San Francisco, which starts tomorrow.
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The Northern Irishman, who won the event last year by an astonishing eight shots, will be trying to become the first player to retain the championship since Curtis Strange in 1989.
His form going into the tournament was a concern when he missed three straight cuts but the 23-year-old was joint leader with one hole to play at the FedEx St Jude Classic last week, eventually finishing in seventh place.
However, the world number two is upbeat about his chances this week.
“I’m coming in with the mindset that I’m going to attack the golf course and play aggressively when I can.” said Mcllroy. “Obviously you have to be smart, but you’ve got to take your chances around here.
“This golf course gives you a few opportunities where you can make birdies.
“The rough is not as bad as maybe in previous years where you can get away with some tee shots, so really you just need to know your way around the golf course and know where you can miss it.”
Graeme McDowell has also hailed the quality of the greens at this year’s US Open and admits he is looking forward to challenge of tackling Olympic Club’s monstrous par-five 16th hole.
To me it seems like it’s a left-to-right players set-up and I like the way it sets up for me so far,” he told Sky Sports News HD.
“The greens are maybe the best greens I’ve seen in a very, very long time. They roll perfectly and it’s going to be a great test – it’s the US Open and we expect it to be tough.”
(On the par-five 16th) “It’s a driver, three-wood and maybe a medium iron so it’s interesting,” he continued.
“I’m looking forward to seeing it obviously. It’s a three-shotter for everyone which I like I suppose.”