Despite Sunday Collapse, McIlroy Pleased With U.S. Open Week

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy reacts on the 3rd green during the final round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 20, 2021 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Harry How via Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy had a fifth major in his grasp late on Sunday at Torrey Pines, but the four-time major winner once again came up short.

The 32-year old Northern Irishman got to within a stroke of the lead around the halfway point, before a bogey on 11, followed by a double on 12, killed his chance for a second U.S. Open trophy.

McIlroy finished his final five holes with a birdie and bogey to settle on 1-under par, tied for seventh.

Despite the disappointment, McIlroy was pleased with his performance.

“Overall, it’s been a positive week. I gave myself a great chance today,” said McIlroy. “Even through 10 holes, I was right in the thick of things.

“It was really two holes that sort of — yeah, it was two holes that basically stopped the sort of run at the title.

“I played well. I felt comfortable with what I was doing out there. I felt like tee to green I was really solid for the first few holes, but once I made those little mistakes on 11 and 12, I felt like I was just chasing a little bit, and then ultimately couldn’t really get anything done from there.

“But overall it’s been a good week. I put up a good fight. I started the round well today. With the three-putt on 11, that sort of stopped the momentum, and then I got a little unlucky on 12 and made double from there. Take those two holes out, the rest of the week was really good.”

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