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USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open

15 June 2017

RORY McIlroy blasted the US Open organisers after they reacted to a players' mutiny by chopping back the knee-deep rough at Erin Hills.

He described the fescue on the right side of the 12th hole as "impossible" and that the right side of 14 was "like a joke, dude".

A repeat of the Johnson incident is unlikely this year, and not just because the greens at Erin Hills are nowhere near as fast as Oakmont's putting surfaces. There is plenty of hay, thick and knee-high, for the really wayward shots.

The length of the fescue already has been a topic of discussion this week, and while the USGA has relented some in that regard, it seems like they're OK with making the greens play like glass.

"It was definitely a much more comfortable feeling, being back at Canoe Brook", he said, "knowing that we had done it a year ago". "But because it's grass, somehow we feel it's an unfair penalty".

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"I think the USGA is very much OK with that", Spieth said of a lower-than-usual winning score.

Erin - US golf chiefs defended their decision to slash back dense rough at the US Open on Wednesday, insisting the adjustment had nothing to do with complaints from players. In comparison, some of the fairways at Erin Hills are as wide as 70 yards.

Na is making his eighth straight U.S. Open start, highlighted by a seventh-place showing a year ago at Oakmont.

"Really? They're cutting it back?" For example, at Winged Foot, which has played host to the US Open five times, the fairways had an average width of 26 yards. "If you hit it wayward, it's penal - no doubt".

"I've always sized him up as one of those guys that doesn't have to have his best stuff to get in contention and win", Azinger said.

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Stricker said his hard-working path to the U.S. Open, where he will seek his maiden major title, reflects the values of Wisconsin people in general and that he is happy about earning his place rather than having it handed to him. It's supposed to be tough. If you put red lines (denoting a hazard) just right along that, people wouldn't complain.

What many people don't know is that the hole almost didn't exist.

Lee Westwood took one look at the course and declared: "It's a jungle out there".

"It's a tough one: you don't really know how you're going to do here". Yes, there's a lot of fescue out there, but you've got basically an area of 50-plus-yards wide to drive the ball to keep it out of the fescue. It's hard when you play your practice rounds; most of the time you play off of the back tee-box. Adam Scott concurs, though as much focus as there has been on length and driving, he still sees an impeccable short game as going a long way. "I actually took it as a fun opportunity".

No matter the reason, Azinger was glad to see Na's video. "We're going to have to be prepared for whatever the USGA throws at us from a layout standpoint, from a course setups standpoint, so there will be a lot of preparation going into the tournament".

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USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open