McIlroy Confident at U.S. Open Despite Recent Struggles
Despite missing the cut in his previous two tournaments, Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, feels confident about this week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
McIlroy is not down on himself after failing to make the cut at the BMW PGA Championship in England and the Irish Open in successive weeks in late May.
He hosted the Irish Open as a native of Northern Ireland. He claims he is not embarrassed by his performance, although he shot rounds of 80 and 71 to miss the cut at the Irish Open for the third consecutive year.
McIlroy, 26, said in a press conference last week at the PGA Championships media day that he “didn’t really look much into what happened in those last two events (the BMW Championship and Irish Open).”
The press conference was held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., where McIlroy had a breakthrough performance in 2010 finishing third in the PGA Championship. The tournament is scheduled to return there in August.
“I am just concentrating on what I have to do well heading into the U.S. Open,” McIlroy said.
He took a much-needed break after the Irish Open, which marked his fifth straight week on a course. He cited fatigue as a reason for missing his last two cuts.
McIlroy chose to not participate in the last two events, missing the Memorial Tournament and St. Jude Classic, to get some rest at home in Florida. He claims he did not touch a golf club the week the Memorial Tournament was held.
“Mentally, I was ready to have a little bit of a break,” he said. “I just got away from it.”
After showing he could contend for a major in 2010 at the PGA Championship, McIlroy won his first major in 2011 with his U.S. Open victory at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. McIlroy has won three majors since – the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014 and the British Open in 2014. He has yet to win at the Masters, although he placed fourth this year.
Chambers Bay is uncommon, more like a links course without trees lining the fairways. McIlroy, the favorite to win the U.S. Open at +600, got acquainted with the course with a practice round last Saturday. He elected to not participate in a Monday practice round because of breezy conditions.
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