Despite the Olympic Club in San Francisco being a far harder test than Congressional was a year ago the 23-year-old Northern Irishman plans to take it on.
“I didn’t expect to be saying that before I got here — I thought there would be a lot more irons off tees,” said McIlroy.
“I reckon I’m going to use my driver eight or nine times. I’m coming in with the mindset that I’m going to attack the golf course and play aggressively when I can.
“Obviously you have to be smart, but you’ve got to take your chances around here. It gives you a few opportunities where you can make birdies.
“The rough is not as bad as maybe in previous years. You can get away with some tee shots. Really you just need to know your way around and know where you can miss it,” he added.