Erin - Rory McIlroy believes the layout of the Erin Hills
course at this week's US Open will allow players to make aggressive shots.
The Northern Irishman - who is a two-time winner at the US
Open - walked the course last week then played rounds over the weekend.
"For a US Open venue, it's a little more generous than
we have seen in the past," the world number two told the Irish Times.
"I think it will allow guys to be aggressive. You can
hit a lot of drivers around here and you can be aggressive with your iron
shots...the shots off tees are really important, so if you can get really
comfortable with those, they say a course is only blind once; so, once you've
played it, you should know where to go."
McIlroy has endured a trying 2017 so far, missing a number
of events due to a rib fracture he suffered in January. However, he has managed
to notch up four top seven finishes in his six starts for the year.
The four-time major winner reported some discomfort last
time out at The Players Championship last month, but insists the rib will not
be an issue this week.
"It's feeling good," said McIlroy of the injury.
"It's been a frustrating year because it has been such
a niggling injury. It sort of comes and goes. I feel like I have figured out
what to do to have it not reoccur again, so it is about managing my practice
schedule and not overdoing it and making sure I have plenty of energy."