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McIlroy says if you can't keep it on fairway then 'pack your bags and go home.'

Posted: 6:39 PM, Jun 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-14 19:39:50-04

Rory McIlroy wasn't shy about his opinion on the infamous fescue at Erin Hills. 

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the number two golfer in the world was concerned as to how anyone playing in the U.S. Open would have a difficult time keeping the ball on the fairway and out of the tall grass along the rough known as fescue.

"We have 60 yards from left line to right line," McIlroy explained. "You have 156 of the best players in the world here. If we can't hit it within that avenue, might as well packs your backs and go home."

The fescue has been a hot topic of discussion leading up to the first ever U.S. Open in the state Wisconsin. Pro golfer Kevin Na even made a YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yINHM9T-NBE - complaining about the grass. Other top golfer share a similar opinion as McIlroy does on the matter.

"I've hit it in the fescue multiple times over the last few days," former U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth said. "It's not unplayable. I don't think the golf course is unfair by any means."

The true test will begin on Thursday with the first tee time led off at 6:45 a.m. by Wisconsin native Jordan Niebrugge.