US Open: Rory McIlroy regrets “missed opportunity” after prolonged drought in Brooklyn | Golf news

McIlroy followed second place in The Masters and eighth place in the PGA Championship, claiming a fifth-place finish at The Country Club, his fourth straight in the top 10 at the US Open, finishing the week with four shots behind Matt Fitzpatrick.

Last updated: 20/06/22 00:30

Rory McIlroy remains without a major victory after winning the 2014 PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy remains without a major victory after winning the 2014 PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy believes that the end of his great drought is approaching, after he had to settle for the top five at the 122nd US Open.

McIlroy came back on the last day with three strokes and made the dream start with a bird with an opening hole, only to mix five birds with four waves in an eventful final round 69.

The Northern Irishman finished four strokes back in a draw, with Matt Fitzpatrick securing his first big win, with McIlroy pleased with his performance but disappointed not to come close to a second win in so many weeks.

McIlroy, winner of last week's RBC Canadian Open, was chasing a second victory in so many starts

McIlroy, winner of last week’s RBC Canadian Open, was chasing a second victory in so many starts

“I’m going to look at it as another missed opportunity, just like Southern Hills was, but missed opportunities are better than not fighting at all,” McIlroy said. “So that’s a positive thing. I have to be patient at this point, because if I just keep putting myself in a position, sooner or later this will be my day and I will get one.

“It is not a victory or a failure. It’s not like where I finished today is like not playing on the weekend. I guess when I look back, will I remember the fifth place I had in Brooklyn? Probably not.

“Yes, there are positive things to take from this. I played well enough to give myself a chance to win. I didn’t do the job, but I’m closer than I’ve been for a while, which is good.”

After turning 25 feet into the first, McIlroy canceled a shot on the third by throwing a 20-foot bird in the fourth, but then fired another dribble the next after choosing to hit the green.

Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open in Brooklyn by drilling the first hole to move to two fewer

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Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open in Brooklyn by drilling the first hole to move to two fewer

Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open in Brooklyn by drilling the first hole to move to two fewer

McIlroy followed a bird in the sixth, pulling out the next and failing to take advantage of the eighth pair-five, seeing him reach the fifth out-of-tempo turn until all faint hopes of a late big hit ended when he missed from nine feet to save face value. on the 11th.

The 14th Birds lifted McIlroy back into the top 5 and within three of the lead before getting on and off the green bunker to save money on the 16th and then missing bird opportunities through the last two holes .

Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major US Open title with a two-shot draw on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a bird strike to impose a playoff

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Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major US Open title with a two-shot draw on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a bird strike to impose a playoff

Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major US Open title with a two-shot draw on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a bird strike to impose a playoff

McIlroy will make his fourth start in so many weeks at the Travelers Championship before taking a two-week break before playing at The 150th Open in St. Andrews next month.

“A little train in the front nine amusement park, waves and birds,” McIlroy added. “I started great. I have a feeling that this week there were several holes that were my enemy, the third was one of them.

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“It was not so easy there. Obviously there were some good results, but I had to shoot 65 or 66 to get the job done today, and I just wasn’t good enough to do it. I still feel like I played well and shot a solid round of golf, but just not good enough to fight.

“Another top five in the specialty. I guess it doesn’t really mean anything. Yes, the game is there. I have another start next week in Hartford before I go to the Open Championship.

“I will get a two-week good break before the Open and I will play several golf courses, I will prepare and look forward to it. Again, my game is in good shape. This year I have another chance to try to get this specialty. “

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