US Open golf 2019 | Rory McIlroy advice for breaking drought

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Woods won the same tournament at least three straight years six times in five tournaments, so it's perhaps no wonder he returns to Pebble 19 years after his 2000 triumph in the title mix.

Since that juncture, however, all bets are off.

He took a deliberately broad approach in answering.

"I think we've listened intently", said John Bodenhamer, the senior managing director of championships for the USGA.

"I guess I'd call myself a decent frontrunner". And even so, I'm talking about major championships. That's a lot of Majors.

Brandt Snedeker is also available at 50s and his record at Pebble Beach, and his genius on poa annua greens, make him impossible to rule out. "If I need to do whatever you need to tell me, I'll do it".

Woods had earlier played down the sense that winning 18 Majors or more features most in his competitive outlook. So I don't know.

"This game was taken away from me for a few years".

Additionally, Snedeker finished in a tie for fifth at The Players Championship in March, illustrating that he still has the game to compete against the strongest of fields, such as the one he will contend with this week. "And, if it brings a smile to their faces, it brings a smile to my own".

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Cantlay will give a great account of himself, while you can also guarantee Tiger Woods will leave every ounce of effort out on the course.

While unwilling to specify the nature of the affliction, he admitted he was "in rough shape".

However, he played well for ninth at The Memorial, and he once destroyed Pebble Beach like no other player ever has.

The USGA has been excoriated by competitors and golf pundits for embarrassing course set-ups that have resulted in controversies during recent US Opens. "The greens are all slanted, very small targets", he said, noting that staying below the hole would be crucial on the greens with a tendency toward bumpiness.

"My first rounds at Augusta and Bethpage this year just sort of put me a little bit behind the eight ball", McIlroy told his pre-tournament media conference on Wednesday. "I find it annoying even when I play with guys and they're dropping clubs or throwing them or complaining, like telling me how bad the golf course is or how bad this is".

"So I really saw that at the Masters that when he genuinely had a chance at winning, he reverted back to "I just want to get the job done".

But 31-year-old Day lured Williams back onto the circuit, starting at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach this week. He also finished second in Mexico City and was in a tie for fourth at Riviera this year. In fact, one of our past champions told me he didn't envy me in this position, because there were a number of different opinions.

Johnson grabbed an elite World Golf Championships title in Mexico this season and charged to runner-up finishes at the Masters and the PGA Championship.

Sleeper - Si Woo Kim (150-1): With one of the best scrambling percentages on the PGA Tour, Si Woo is your sleeper to love at Pebble Beach. The former FedEx Cup champion has a liking for these Poa annua greens, ideal for holing those crucial par putts and converting rare birdie opportunities.

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