McIlroy taking cautious approach off tee at Shinnecock

Rory happy to play long irons into greens if it means avoiding the rough. 

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018

McIlroy taking cautious approach off tee at Shinnecock

 

Rory McIlroy is taking a cautious approach at Shinnecock Hills this week in his bid to add a fifth major to the collection.

The Long Island layout infamously hosted the US Open in 2004 with no player breaking par on Sunday, and the average score coming in a 79. Judging by the social media posts, the rough will again play brutal this week, and the greens will be lightening.

"I think I'll adopt quite a conservative strategy off the tee," McIlroy said. "You're hitting into big targets. So even if you're leaving yourself back and maybe hitting a couple of extra clubs into these greens, it's not such a bad thing. I'd rather be doing that than hacking my way out of the rough."

Rory plays with Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth today.