Waiting game: Long day on tap for Mickelson's potential sub

Erin Hills is a 7100 metre course in Wisconsin hosting the 156-player US Open for the first time.

Complaining about the US Open course has become an annual tradition, but several golfers expressed dismay about trimming the fescue.

The last time it was done: Jordan Spieth just two years ago.

In his first tournament as a pro, he shot 64 at Congressional - which has hosted three U.S. Opens - and was leading the Quicken Loans National.

First off, barring a long rain delay on Thursday, Mickelson will be absent, attending his daughter's high school graduation.

McIlroy, who has played sporadically this year due to a rib injury, said he believed the 7,741-yard Erin Hills course suited him. Rather, as Flemma notes, the cutting was done in response to expected weather over the coming days of the championship, bringing the rough more likely into play if the wind picks up.

The grass is so thick that it's essentially a one-shot penalty. Garcia and Rose tied at 9 under. Tour players complain about the tough conditions at the U.S. Open.

Speaking ahead of this week's US Open, where he is one of the favourites to land the year's second major at Erin Hills, the 22-year-old said that he realised he needed to get a better command of the language when he moved from the Basque Country in his homeland to attend Arizona State University. "That's a long golf course that's only going to play longer", continued the four-time major victor, who is using a new putter this week.

Scott pointed to five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, whose six runner-ups are the most in US Open history. "Even though deep down I'm stressing out, it's a huge thrill". Some fairways are nearly wide enough to land a 767. "And you're going to have to scramble".

But when the USGA gives, it nearly always finds other places to take away. The mist floating into the vegetation from the irrigation systems at Erin Hills has made some of it healthier than expected.

But world number two McIlroy, who arrived in Wisconsin on Friday to survey the course as he chases a fifth major title, was unimpressed on Tuesday after being informed that the fescue was being cut back on certain holes, despite the large fairways. It's great. For a US Open venue it's a little more generous than we've seen in the past which is great.

"If I can get it in my hands more regularly, and I think if the field has to hit driver more often, that plays into my hands, too".

The USGA will look hard at the forecast and try to set up holes to dampen, not exacerbate, the effect of wind that can blow as hard as 30 miles per hour. "The USGA (which runs the US Open) likes to add difficulty", said Day. You want to go out and play.

When players don't have a reasonable explanation, that can mean only one thing - it's a cycle more than a trend.

"It's certainly a tiring week", Stenson said.

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