McIlroy followed a second-place finish at the Masters and an eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship by claiming a share of fifth at the Country Club, his fourth straight top 10 finish at the US Open, finishing the week four strokes behind Matt Fitzpatrick
By Ali Stafford at Brookline
Last update: 20/06/22 00:30
Rory McIlroy thinks the end of his major drought is drawing near after having to settle for a top five finish at the 122nd US Open.
McIlroy entered the final day three shots back and got off to the dream start with a birdie on the first hole, to mix five birdies with four bogeys in an eventful final round 69.
The Northern Irishman finished four strokes into tied fifth as Matt Fitzpatrick picked up a first major win, with McIlroy happy with his performance but disappointed not to come close to a second win in as many weeks.
“I will consider this 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. I have to be patient at this point because if I keep getting into position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to have one.
“It’s not win or lose. It’s not like where I finished today is the same as not playing on the weekend. I guess when I look back, will I remember the fifth place I had at Brookline?
“Yeah, there’s some positives to come out of it. 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 , the good thing is.”
After driving from 25ft on the first, McIlroy canceled a bogey on the third by birdieing 20ft on the fourth, but then dropped another shot on the next driveable after electing to putt from the green.
Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open at Brookline by birdieing the first hole to go two under par
McIlroy followed up a birdie in the sixth by bogeying the next and failing to take advantage of the par-five eighth, seeing him reach turn five late, while any slim hope of a late major charge ended when he missed to nine feet to save par at 11th.
Consecutive birdies from the 14th brought McIlroy back into the top five and within three of the lead, before moving up and down from a greenside bunker to save par on the 16th, then missing birdie opportunities over the course. of the last two holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major title at the US Open with a par two putt on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a play-off
McIlroy will make his fourth start in as many weeks at the Travelers Championship, before taking two weeks off before heading into the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.
“A bit of a roller coaster on the front nine, bogeys and birdies,” McIlroy added. “I got off to a good start. I felt like there were a few holes this week that were my nemesis, with the third one being one of them.
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“It wasn’t that easy there. Obviously there were some good scores but I needed to shoot a 65 or a 66 to get the job done today and I just wasn’t I still feel like I played well and shot a solid round of golf, but not good enough to wrestle.
“Another top five in a major. Guess that really doesn’t mean anything. Yeah, the game is on. I still have a start next week in Hartford before going to the Open Championship.
“I’m going to rest two weeks before the Open and play golf on links and prepare and I’m looking forward to it. Again, my game is in good shape. I have one more chance this year of trying to get that major.”