(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has signaled an attacking policy for this week’s British Open, saying he hopes to use his driver liberally at Royal Portrush after having enjoyed considerable success with the strategy last year.
The par-71 Portrush measures a whisker over 7,300 yards, though links courses generally play shorter than their yardages due to firm fairways that afford plenty of roll.
Hitters - McIlroy - Driver
Long hitters such as McIlroy need not hit their driver often but it can be advantageous to do so.
“Carnoustie last year I didn’t envisage hitting that many drivers and then I got there the week of the tournament,” McIlroy told Reuters of last year’s British Open in an interview organized by NBC’s Golf Channel.
Course - Trouble - Wayward - Drives - Tie
What he saw at the Scottish course was less potential for trouble with wayward drives than he expected. A subsequent tie for second vindicated his attacking game-plan.
“I think what they’ve started to do at Open championships, to accommodate spectators, they’ve taken a lot of the gorse bushes away so Carnoustie last year I hit driver everywhere,” he said.
“I’m not expecting to do that at...
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