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An Aussie fond of cheeseheads: Jason Day all in on Wisconsin

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

Those major titles were the third and fourth for McIlroy, 25 at the time.

Asked if he was "undercooked like a risky piece of pink chicken" or more like a juicy, rare streak, ready to be savoured, the world No 2 could only smile.

"And with the weather conditions, it doesn't look like it's going to blow too ridiculously hard, if I'm looking at the forecast now, " he said.

"When I'm playing, I don't think of anything else than doing the best I can do to win a tournament".

I'm of the opinion that because of the insane wide fairways, the USGA should have left everything alone and let the course play as it stands.

"I just like the fact that it's a pitching wedge shot and it literally strikes terror into great players", Fry said.

Complaining about the US Open course has become an annual tradition, but several golfers expressed dismay about trimming the fescue. "Hopefully that works in my favour".

So determined was Stricker to play in the first U.S. Open to be played in his home state that he hit the practice grounds and then earned his spot in the year's second major by firing rounds of 67-65 during a qualifying event last week in Memphis. Justin Rose (+1,900): A U.S. Open victor at Merion in 2013, Rose comes to the second major tournament of the season having lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia at The Masters.

"At Congressional in 2011 I maybe just wasn't putting the pressure on myself as much".

"I think the bunkering is quite severe". If I stay patient and stick to the process and my gameplan, preparing the way I should and doing the right things, it'll come.

"It would be nice to get my name on a Major trophy again pretty soon."

"A lot of people might have laid up or tried to give themselves a better chance to make par, finish second or get nearly all the money needed to take the card", he said.

"It's imperative for me to get off to a good start, I feel like, and I haven't been able to do that", he confessed. It's not as if I can't hit balls, it's just a matter of managing how many repetitions I put through it.

He concluded that good preparation is certainly a key and that's why he arrived early in Wisconsin to form an aggressive game-plan for a course that measures close to 7,800 yards from the tips.

"When someone has cancer and you don't know whether or not they're going to survive or what the outcome is going to happen - and plus with my mom, who sacrificed a lot for me to be in this position today, it was tough", said the 29-year-old Day, who was 12 when his father died of stomach cancer. I tend to focus more and play better. "When you consider he has only played once since Augusta, that lack of a competitive edge is going to be even more of a problem this time, even with his injury problems now apparently behind him". If one guy pulls out, I'll be in. "We have 60 yards from left line (of the fairway) to right line". You've got 156 of the best players in the world here.

The Australian, now ranked three in the world, has enjoyed a return to form in recent weeks and says he has "a lot more confidence" following two recent good showings on the PGA Tour.

As the sun rises over Wisconsin on Thursday morning, it will gently warm the fine fescue of Erin Hills that has caused so much controversy ahead of its first-ever US Open this week.