McIlroy expects 'tricky test' in June's US Open
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Even though he has yet to play at The Olympic Club, Rory McIlroy already knows what to expect this June.
All he has to do is look at his scorecard from last year.
After a record-setting performance at rain-softened Congressional, the defending champion figures the U.S. Open will truly return to "golf's toughest test" on San Francisco's shores. Just listening to USGA executive director Mike Davis explain the Lake Course's layout Monday from three time zones away made McIlroy chuckle.
When players tee off June 14 in the serene setting across from the Pacific Ocean, weather should be dry in Northern California and the narrow fairways should be fast and fickle. That could turn an already demanding course known for its unleveled lies and tiny greens into a stress machine.