Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy intends to be aggressive around the Olympic Club in San Francisco tomorrow.
The Northern Irishman, who took the title last year by an amazing eight shots, is bidding to become the first player since Curtis Strange back in 1989 to retain the championship.
McIlroy’s form has not been great by any means going into the tournament and had missed three straight cuts but the 23-year-old was joint leader with one hole to play at the FedEx St Jude Classic last week but double bogeyed the 18th, eventually finishing in seventh place.
He has been practising with Lee Westwood and former US Open champion Graeme McDowell at the Olympic Club, and said: “I reckon I’m going to use my driver eight or nine times.
“The rough is not as bad as maybe in previous years where you can get away with some tee shots, so really you just need to know your way around the golf course and know where you can miss it.”
Coverage starts tomorrow afternoon on Sky Sports