Rory McIlroy adamant his ‘game is there,’ and ‘sooner or later it’s going to be my day’

BROOKLINE, Mass. — For the third time this time, Rory McIlroy completed inside of the major 10 at a major championship. But for the third time this time, McIlroy remaining a significant championship vacant handed.

A dramatic complete at Augusta Countrywide was excellent more than enough for solo 2nd. A squandered prospect at Southern Hills ended with a T-8. And this 7 days, very well this week was a consequence of inconsistency.

He received off to a good begin Sunday, holing a 26-footer for birdie at the very first to get to 2 beneath for the match and two again of the guide. But the roller coaster started two holes later on.

A bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey stretch from Nos. 3-7 place McIlroy back again to even for the day, 1 less than for the match. He was speedily working out of holes.

A flared wedge on 11 resulted in one more dropped shot, and it was officially late early for the four-time major winner.

2022 U.S. Open

2022 U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the fifth green through the ultimate spherical of the 2022 U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Photo: John David Mercer-Usa Currently Sporting activities)

He made back-to-back again birdies on 14 and 15 right before taking part in the remaining three holes at even par.

“Yeah, the game’s there. A further leading five in a important,” McIlroy reported after his T-5 complete. “I guess (it) does not truly indicate anything. Yeah, the game’s there. The game’s there.”

Regardless of the disappointing consequence, currently being in the mix is better than likely residence early.

“I’ll look back again at this as one more missed prospect just as Southern Hills was, but skipped options are greater than not contending at all. So that is a favourable. I have to keep affected person at this place mainly because if I just continue to keep putting myself in situation, quicker or later it is likely to be my working day and I’m likely to get just one.”

Up coming up for McIlroy is Hartford, Connecticut, for the Vacationers Championship. His last journey to TPC River Highlands finished with a tie for 11th.

Then, it is time to rest.

“I’ve bought 1 a lot more start out subsequent week in Hartford in advance of I go to the Open up Championship. I’ll get two months of fantastic rest ahead of the Open up and enjoy some one-way links golf and put together and appear forward to that. Yet again, my game’s in excellent form. I have got a single additional chance this year to attempt to get that big.”

The very last time the Open went to St. Andrews, McIlroy wasn’t in the area.

On Sunday, he hung all around very long more than enough to congratulate Matt Fitzpatrick, and their embrace just off the 18th eco-friendly was as superior as it will get.

If all goes to strategy, McIlroy will be the one getting the love at St. Andrews in a month’s time.