Erin Hills new major mountain for golfers to conquer

It's a tough challenge that Jason Day welcomes.

PGA Tour victor, Kevin Na demonstrated the sheer difficulty of escaping from the native grasses, which had looked set to devour wayward golf balls and lead to potentially high scores.

Hearing that the USGA had cut down the fescue on four holes - fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th - McIlroy responded incredulously: "Really?"

Easy to get overlooked when you hail from the same nation as Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm but the likeable Spaniard has the tools to pose a threat.

"Everyone who has won a US Open has faced a battle against the best players in the world and some of the most incredibly hard course set-ups you'll ever see", Scott said. It's quite gravelly, gritty, although it doesn't play too dissimilar to what we're used to, but maybe a little less control out of the bunkers.

"Even the first and second cut is another ten yards on top of that". The fact that little to no one has played this track, makes it that much harder to put together a playbook. "I've just got to go out there and execute at this point".

"Usually, when you hear people complain, it's one less guy you have to worry about at the start of the week", Day said.

"Normally, when you think of a long and soft U.S. Open, the first name that comes to mind is Rory McIlroy", said McGinley, a Sky Sports commentator, according to several reports.

Others have complained as well, albeit not so openly via social media in most cases. However, the rest of the grass remains in place, and will be a punishing for any player who misses the fairways by a significant distance.

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"I feel pretty good about coming here this week even though 2017 has been a bit of a transitional year for me given what has been happening off the golf course", he said. "When you consider he has only played once since Augusta, that lack of a competitive edge is going to be even more of a problem this time, even with his injury problems now apparently behind him". It goes in these collection areas and run-offs.

Merion, where Rose won in 2013, couldn't be much different than Erin Hills. "I feel like everything is settled now", he told RTÉ Sport.

"But with that said, I think if we can have a little bit more runout, it would fit perfectly because I can hit my 2-iron would go 270, 275 yards off the tee and then run another 30 yards and it would be 300-plus yards, and that would be ideal around here, because I could be very super aggressive with the lines, and I don't have to pull that driver too much".

"I was fine with that, I really was".

"I'm on a mission to win a second (major); I still have that high motivation". It gives you a lot of opportunities to hit the pin. "That was six years ago and I didn't do the same kind of homework that I do these days with golf courses".

"I like knowing par is a good score for some reason".

Honorary cheesehead: Day made the now-defunct U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee one of his first stops as a professional golfer and in 2015 won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

"Hopefully, I can play well to make it worth it on everybody's part".

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