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Rory Mc Ilroy looks on during a practice round prior to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Getty Images

Rory Mc Ilroy looks on during a practice round prior to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills

World number one Dustin Johnson arrived at Erin Hills to defend his U.S. Open crown and was out late on Tuesday practicing on the course. This is our first U.S. Open. "I felt like coming back into it I was playing well enough to win".

As for Oakmont a year ago, that was a breakdown in communication and delivering the ruling at the right time. I wasn't crying when I saw that rain, it's a long golf course and it's only going to play longer.

"I think previous year there were two things we fell short on - it took too long to make the ruling and it left uncertainty with the competition", said John Bodenhamer, the USGA's managing director of rules and competition. "But I think depending on what the wind is doing and what the conditions are of the golf course, I think they'll be able to move tee boxes around there to make it an exciting finishing hole for a major". "And that was the only problem I truly had with the Dell Hole is, because we were playing the Dell Hole, we were losing what I think will become one of the iconic short holes in all of golf". "The ovation I got when I went up on No. 9 yesterday ... yeah, it's pretty cool. I feel like everything is settled now", he told RTÉ Sport.

"I like knowing par is a good score for some reason". He joked about buying a house in Wisconsin and giving cheese a try should he win the U.S. Open this weekend.

"Had a good couple of practice rounds at Erin Hills and really like the course", Johnson wrote in a Twitter post after taking a reconnaissance trip to Wisconsin last week.

"Everyone is going to run into some sort of trouble out there, everyone is", he said. It's a matter of how you handle yourself in that moment to prepare yourself to greatness, and like you said, I'd much rather the course harder than easier.

If Johnson does retain the title, he will be the first player to do so in the US Open since another American, Curtis Strange, won at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, in 1989 a year after his success at Brookline in MA.

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Asked about the potential for a Scottish victor on Sunday, Knox, who will be in the same group as Laird over the first two days, said: "Well, there's three of us playing so that's obviously good".

Nobody is paying closer attention to the "Phil Mickelson watch" than is Roberto Diaz.

The affronts to his body are not quite Tiger Woods-esque but they have prevented him from competing in several events, including the 2015 defense of his Open Championship title.

Spieth's game has been spotty this year.

"I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard".

"Rory has played only five tournaments this year and, through no fault of his own, he went into the Masters [where he finished T7] seriously undercooked", McKinley noted. "You're probably going to play well anywhere when the game is on form". "I haven't cracked the code, but hopefully I'm on my way".

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