Rory McIlroy 'work to do' before US Open

2016 05 Rory Mc Ilroy
• Rory McIlroy says he's not 100% happy ahead of US Open
• The 27-year-old says he has work to do with his iron play
• "It hasn't been great," he said as he heads to Oakmont today


Rory McIlroy says he has plenty work to do ahead of the US Open after being unhappy with his iron play at the Memorial Tournament.

The 27-year-old made four birdies in the final four holes at Muirfield Village to creep up into a tie for fourth place in his last tournament before teeing it up at Oakmont - and admitted there's a lot of room for improvement with his mid-irons.

“My iron play hasn't been great,” said Rory McIlroy. “I'm just not hitting the ball close enough to the flag with my mid-irons. I need to work on that a little bit, try to shallow out the plane a little bit. Getting a little steep with my short irons. So that's what I'll be working on primarily from now until Thursday week, I guess.”

Just two weeks after his Irish Open win, McIlroy also changed his putting grip and reaped the rewards, finishing second in the Strokes Gained: Putting stats for the week. However, the four-time major winner played down the impact the alteration had.


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“I've never relied on my putting to play my best golf,” he said. “Obviously, when you're winning tournaments, you need to hole a few putts but I'd be way more comfortable changing my putting grip week to week than I would trying to tinker with my swing or do something with my long game."

Rory McIlroy is now at Oakmont for the first time getting practice in ahead of the second major of the year – and, from what he's heard, he's expecting the toughest of tests.

“I haven't been,” he said. I'm going to play tomorrow afternoon and Tuesday morning.

“I was actually on the USGA website last night just looking at the flyovers for the holes and stuff. So I don't really know a lot about it. I know there's a big road that goes through the middle of it. It looks like an awesome golf course. It looks unbelievably hard, and it will reward very good ball striking. It's going to be tough.”

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