Rory McIlroy tweaks swing after US Open; shoots 64 at Travelers

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Rory McIlroy has said his missed cut at the US Open could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ as his work over the weekend helped him search for his swing of 2010/2011.

The four-time major champion posted a six-under-par 64 in the opening round of the Travelers Championship – including a bogey at the last – to sit just one behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson.

“I played really well today,” said the 29-year-old. “I feel like the work that I did over the weekend sort of started to pay off already. It was nice to see the shots I was playing right there. Being able to work the ball both ways was something I wasn't quite as comfortable doing last week.

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“Obviously, you never want to miss a cut in a major, but it might have been a blessing in disguise for the rest of the year.”

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The work over the weekend that McIlroy referred to was some significant swing tweaks, as he looks to return to the way he swung the golf club almost a decade ago.

“I'm trying to get back to the way I swung in 2010/2011,” he continued. “It's sort of hard because my body has changed quite a bit since then and the feelings I have.

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“But the feeling I have right now is the feeling I had in the middle of 2009. So it's just trying to go back, and, okay, I was swinging it really well then. What was I doing? What was I thinking about? What was the focus on the swing? Just trying to rack your brain to recreate feelings that you had back then.

“That's basically what I did over the weekend. I got a feeling that really sort of resonated with me and brought me back to a time when I was swinging it really well, and just sort of went with that feeling.”

McIlroy tees off for his second round alongside Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson at 8am local time [1pm UK time].

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