He's been using it recently and it's a club he brought out at PGA Championships previous year to help deal with the rough at Bethpage Black and again last month at TPC Harding Park. When I played Oakmont for the first time, my initial reaction was, "this place is impossible". I think good shots here seem to get rewarded. And I'm not saying that I want to have hard days to get over, but yeah, you're a little more relaxed.
"You can't force your second major win, even though you want it more than anything in your career", Day told AAP from NY.
At the time Woods refused to use the death of his father as an excuse, but the 15-time major victor conceded he had not been fully prepared for the tournament ahead of its return to Winged Foot this week.
"I am still in shock that I did that", he said.
He at least was heartened to hear that volunteer marshals were being brought in for the practice rounds. One glaring example was the British Open at Royal Portrush in his native Northern Ireland a year ago, when he hit his opening tee shot out of bounds and made a quadruple-bogey 8.
"The practice rounds would have been 10 hours out here trying to find golf balls", Woodland said.
While McIlroy is eyeing major glory, defeat would sit slightly easier with the 2011 U.S. Open champion following the birth of his first child. It was a month after his father died, and Woods said Tuesday in retrospect that he spent more time grieving than preparing and it showed that week.
Another strong contender is Xander Schauffele, 26, who has played in three US Open Championships and produced results of T5 (2017), T6 (2018), T3 (2019).
"Certainly from a comfort standpoint it's just like any other event for me now", Hadwin said of majors.
The 15-time major champion missed the cut at Winged Foot at the 2006 US Open - the only time in 46 consecutive major appearances between 1997 and 2008 that he failed to reach the third round.
Tiger Woods believes Winged Foot is "up there with Oakmont and Carnoustie" as the toughest courses in major golf, and McIlroy urged the tournament officials to avoid going "over the edge" when setting the course up for each round. "This one or Oakmont here is either one or two".
McIlroy has never played the iconic NY course before and his first impressions have been largely positive, but he fears a tough course set-up at one of the most hard venues in major championship golf could have dire consequences.
No wonder Rahm said he would be surprised if anyone broke par, and if they did, would win by a large margin.
"It's awesome", McIlroy declared before heading out for nine holes. He arrived on Sunday afternoon in time for a quick COVID-19 test and to watch Brooke Henderson come up just short in her playoff battle for a second major championship at last week's ANA Inspiration. He raved about the difficulty and used a word rarely heard at U.S. Opens - fun. It's hard, so it's a different kind of fun, but it is fun.
He also doesn't see any way the USGA can make it more of a test than it needs to be, unless the greens get too firm and fast and the pins are on slopes. "It's because it's been poorly set up". "Maybe that's something that I haven't done so well in the past".
"You just have to embrace it". "You're going to have to put it in the fairway to control your ball going to the green. I'm not going into this week scared of Winged Foot". "So it's a bit of an extra motivation there to play good this week and do what I have to do". I can't only try to make pars. But then if I get in trouble, I just need to get out. "I think I've always thought US Open is the type of golf course I can win on". "Because it's already big".