Rory closes with 72, turns attention to U.S. Open


DUBLIN, Ohio – Though his final tune-up before the U.S. Open did not exactly go as planned, Rory McIlroy remains optimistic as he now turns his attention to the season’s second major.

“It’s not that far away,” explained McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 57th at The Memorial Tournament after an even-par 72 during Sunday’s final round. “I hit the ball much better today. I actually putted a little better, too. It feels pretty good.”

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Factoring out his withdrawal from the Honda Classic earlier this season, McIlroy’s result this week at Muirfield Village marks his worst finish on the PGA Tour since tying for 60th at last year’s British Open. After a final round that included just two birdies against a pair of bogeys, the Ulsterman noted a sense of surprise that more players weren’t able to take advantage of calmer conditions Sunday.

“Yesterday was a tough day. I think everyone struggled out there,” added McIlroy, who shot a 3-over 75 during the third round. “Today I felt there was a low score out there. I thought one of the guys from the pack might have shot like a 65 or 66 and put themselves up there.”

After a disappointing result in Ohio, the world No. 2 will now head to Pennsylvania via New York. As reigning PGA champion, he’ll make an appearance Monday at media day for the PGA Championship before heading to Ardmore, Pa. to begin his preparation in earnest for the U.S. Open.

“A little bit of work next week,” said McIlroy, who missed the cut at last year’s U.S. Open in defense of his 2011 title. “Get to see Merion a couple days, too, so that will be beneficial.”