US Open: Rory McIlroy warns against 'goofy' course set-up at Winged Foot

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That championship marked the fifth time in four years he had missed the weekend at a major.

"I threw some balls in just walking down the fairways", Morikawa said.

"Everything just seems to be clicking right now", he told reporters.

It's a great time in Canadian golf with the 23-year-old Henderson leading the pack and with Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, 29, Corey Conners, 28, and Nick Taylor, 32, all appearing poised to hit their prime at the same time.

Winged Foot has proven to be one of the toughest courses in major championship history - the 1974 U.S. Open was called the "Massacre at Winged Foot" - and the rough this week is thick and juicy. "This one or Oakmont is either one or two". 2020 PGA Championship victor Collin Morikawa is aware of this, even with playing just 9 holes in a practice round on Tuesday.

The older he gets, the more hard it gets for Tiger Woods. But that being said, I can't play tentative. "With that said, it's a matter of going out and proving it". Before this week, Hadwin had only played Winged Foot once during an impromptu trip after missing the cut during the PGA Tour playoffs a few years ago. From what he's seen this week, players are going to have their hands full.

"The first three or four greens on this golf course are pretty wild, lots of slope", he said.

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"Hopefully it stays in good form for the rest of the week, but it's one of those golf courses where it's very hard and you need to be spot-on if you want to play well". "They got the better of us. You've got to keep it out of the rough". Hughes' drive missed the fairway right and found the rough.

During more than a decade of dominance between Woods' first major victory in 1997 and his 14th major at the 2008 US Open, the former world number one played in 46 consecutive majors.

"It's been hard the last couple of weeks because you're sort of in limbo with when she's going to arrive and then in the back of your mind you're hoping it's going to go well".

Despite his recent dominance Johnson only has one major title to his name, which came at the 2016 U.S. Open, but he said he is not putting any added pressure on himself this week.

"When I didn't win the Masters that year, that was really tough to take because that was the last event my dad was ever going to watch me play", Woods said in his pre-event press conference.

As the US Open in Winged Foot, New York, gets underway this week, McIlroy will be reminded that it's now over six years since he lifted the last of his four majors, the US PGA Championship, at Valhalla in 2014. When asked if the young star's win at TPC Harding Park gave Hadwin any extra confidence, the Canadian wasn't biting and his focus is set squarely on what he has to do to succeed on a style of course that might not be his favourite. He raved about the difficulty and used a word rarely heard at U.S. Opens - fun. "There's good and bad but again, this is what I think of as a traditional U.S. Open golf course so it's time to man-up and play a U.S. Open".

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