McIlroy likes it rough at US Open

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy does not agree with the decision to cut the roughs at Erin Hills ahead of the US Open.

The roughs on holes four, 12, 14, and 18 were trimmed on Tuesday after videos were posted of players struggling in the knee-length grass.

The United States Golf Association said the decision was “based on weather” and not complaints, but McIlroy reckons that the course was tough but fair as players “have 60 yards from the left line [of the fairway] to the right”.

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“You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here,” McIlroy said. “If we can’t hit within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.

“These are the widest fairways we’ve ever played in a US Open. Even the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that.

“I get that it’s thick and whatever, but it’s a hazard. It’s a US Open, it’s supposed to be a tough test. And if guys can’t put it into play within a 50-yard zone I don’t think they’ve got much to complain about.”