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McIlroy followed a second-place finish at The Masters and eighth at the PGA Championship by taking a share of fifth at The Country Club, his fourth consecutive top-10 finish at the US Open, and finished the week at four Beats behind Matt Fitzpatrick
By Ali Stafford at Brookline
Last updated: 06/20/22 00:30
Rory McIlroy believes his long drought is nearing an end after settling for a top-five finish at the 122nd US Open.
McIlroy went three shots down going into the final day, getting off to a dream start with an opening hole birdie, only to mix five birdies with four bogeys in an eventful final round of ’69.
The Northern Irishman finished four strokes down in tied fifth place as Matt Fitzpatrick clinched his first Major win. McIlroy was pleased with his performance but disappointed that he was no closer to his second win in as many weeks.
“I’m going to look at this as another missed opportunity, just like Southern Hills was, but missed opportunities are better than not fighting at all,” McIlroy said. “So that’s positive. I have to be patient at this point because if I just keep getting into position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to have one.
“It’s not about winning or losing. It’s not like what I finished today is the same as not playing at the weekend. I think when I look back I’ll remember fifth place, I had at Brookline? Probably not.
“Yes, there are positive things to take from that. I played well enough to give myself a chance to win. I didn’t get the job done but I’m closer than I’ve been in a while, which is good .”
After rolling from 25 feet on the first, McIlroy canceled a bogey on the third by potting a 20-foot birdie on the fourth, but then threw another shot at the next driveable after deciding to go off the green putt.
Rory McIlroy got off to a perfect start in the final round of the US Open at Brookline when he screwed the first hole to go two under par
McIlroy followed up a birdie on the sixth by missing the next bogeyed and par-5 eighth as he saw himself entering the fifth turn off pace while any faint hopes of a late big attack ended when he came out of nine Walking to missed save par on 11th
Consecutive birdies from the 14th put McIlroy back in the top five and within three of the lead before pacing off a green bunker to save par on the 16th and then missing birdie opportunities on the final two holes .
Matt Fitzpatrick clinched his first major title at the US Open with a two-putt par on the 72nd hole when Will Zatoris missed a birdie putt to force a playoff
McIlroy will make his fourth start in as many weeks at the Travelers Championship before taking two weeks off before heading to the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.
“It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride on the front nine, bogeys and birdies,” added McIlroy. “Had a great start. I feel like there were a couple of holes out there this week that were my nemesis, the third was one of them.
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“It wasn’t easy out there. Of course there were some good results, but I had to shoot a 65 or a 66 to get the job done today and I just wasn’t up for it to do it. I still feel like I played well and shot a solid round of golf, but just not well enough to keep up.
“Another top 5 in a major. I guess that doesn’t really mean anything. Yes, the game is there. I have one more start in Hartford next week before going to the Open Championship.
“I’m going to be getting a good rest two weeks before The Open and playing some links golf and preparing for that and looking forward to it. Again, my game is in good shape. I have one more chance this year to try and get that major. “