Rory vows to stay ‘aggressive’

RORY McIlroy has vowed to stay aggressive in the defence of his US Open crown this week at the Olympic Club.
Tiger Woods’ former coach, Butch Harmon, has branded the set-up as ‘ridiculously tough’ but Rory insists that he is still going to ‘attack the golf course’.
“I reckon I’m going to use my driver eight or nine times on this course. I’m still going to hit driver, coming in with the mindset that I’m going to play aggressively when I can,” said the defending champion, who won by a record margin last year at Congressional.

“Obviously you have to be smart, but you’ve got to take your chances around here. And this golf course gives you a few opportunities where you can make birdies.

“There are a few holes where you just have to settle for a par and be very happy with that. The rough is not as bad as maybe in previous years where you can get away with some tee shots.
“If you look at some of the holes, for example, like 18, you can’t go into the rough on the left of that fairway, it’s brutal, but if you miss it on other parts of the course you can actually get a decent lie and you can get a fairly simple shot to the green. So really you just need to know your way around the golf course and know where you can miss it.”
After three missed cuts in a row, Rory played in the St Jude Classic last week, a move that almost resulted in a win. The 23-year-old found water on the 18th while in the lead and although disappointed he feels the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
“It was a disappointing last few holes for me but leading up to that point I felt like I played some really good golf. And it was great to see. I hadn’t played that sort of golf for a few weeks. So it was nice to see that, especially coming into this week,” he added.

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