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We should show patience with USGA over US Open: McIlroy

Honest call: Rory McIlroy says the USGA have made mistakes
Honest call: Rory McIlroy says the USGA have made mistakes

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy believes the USGA should be given a chance to "redeem themselves" when staging the US Open at Pebble Beach but warned that more issues could cause further player unrest.

McIlroy and 2016 champion Dustin Johnson were this week named among the players who had considered a boycott of the US Open.

The tournament has been beset by problems in recent years and organisers admitted they went "too far" with the set up of Shinnecock Hills last year after only three players broke par in the third round.

In 2015, the greens at Chambers Bay were likened to "putting on broccoli" by Henrik Stenson and Gary Player felt the course was designed by "a man who had to have one leg shorter than the other".

But it was the bizarre rules indecision in 2016 which left eventual winner Johnson unsure of his score with just seven holes to play which reportedly prompted talk of a boycott.

Ahead of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, McIlroy said: "They (the USGA) are trying to do as good a job as they can and I think they'll admit that they've made a couple of mistakes over the past few years.

"But everyone does and I think we should give them the chance to redeem themselves and if they can't redeem themselves at Pebble Beach, then there could be a problem. I don't run golf tournaments and I don't set golf courses up so I think they should seek the opinion of people that do that every week.

"In my head, growing up watching the US Open, it was tight fairways, it was thick rough, a premium on accuracy and precision and I think some the courses we've played and some of the setups over the past couple of years have went a little bit away from that.

"We play one Open Championship a year, we don't need to play two. I think it's lost its identity a little bit and I would like to see them go back to that because it worked."

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