Rory McIlroy was pleased with what he saw on his two-day visit to Pinehurst No 2 earlier this week. He's happy the driver will be a key weapon but when it comes to the greens, he's looking at it like a links test — play to the middle and you won't be far away. As for the "upturned saucer" Donald Ross greens, he says he may just pop down to Seminole near his home in Florida to acclimatise for the next week.
McIlroy must be wary: Friday the 13th looms
Rory McIlroy is gunning to join an exclusive club at Pinehurst No 2 - but give his second round troubles this year he must be wary of the curse of Friday the 13th in this week’s US Open.
McIlroy leaves childish things aside
The last time I saw Rory McIlroy with tears in his eyes, he was sitting in his BMW in the car park at Rosses Point with his girlfriend Holly Sweeney by his side.
It was back in the dim and distant past (April 2007 to be exact), when Ireland’s most recentl major winner was Fred Daly and Tiger Woods had a 12-point lead over Jim Furyk at the top of the world rankings.