Rory McIlroy feels ‘resilient’ after US Open loss and takes a few weeks away from golf

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Rory McIlroy fell one stroke short of ending his decade-long major drought at Pinehurst on Sunday. Despite the deep-seated disappointment on display when he left the car park without taking questions from the press, his sights are now set on Scotland with a resilient mentality.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after missing a par putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 124th US Open at Pinehurst Resort, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Rory McIlroy taking time off from golf until The Open describes a ‘resilient’ outlook

McIlroy announced on X Monday that he will “take a few weeks away from competition to process everything and rebuild myself for my defense of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon.”

“The only word I would use to describe my career is resilient. I have shown my resilience time and time again over the last 17 years and I will do so again,” he stated.

The four-time major champion lost the 124th US Open to Bryson DeChambeau after making three bogeys over his last four holes, including two missed short putts at the 16th and 18th holes.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after finishing the 18th hole during the final round of the 124th US Open at Pinehurst Resort, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

He called Sunday’s round “probably the toughest I’ve had in my almost 17 years as a professional golfer.”

“As I look back on my week, I will regret a number of things over the course of the tournament, especially the two missed putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But as I always try to do, I will look at the positives of the week far outweigh the negatives. As I said at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than ever before,” he continued.

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Rory McIlroy reacts after a missed putt on the eighteenth green with his caddy, Harry Diamond, during the final round of the US Open golf tournament, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

After congratulating DeChambeau, who claimed his second US Open title in five years, McIlroy said: “He is a worthy champion and exactly what professional golf needs right now. I think we can all agree on that.”

“Rory is one of the best to ever play. To be able to compete against such a great is pretty special,” DeChambeau said Sunday after his win. “If he missed that putt, I would never wish that on anyone. It just happened to turn out that way.’

McIlroy has been at the center of the rift between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf in recent years, serving as the prominent voice for players in the U.S. organization who rejected or opposed the Saudi-backed competition. He, like many other PGA Tour players, was stunned last summer when Jay Monahan made a complete 180-degree turn from banning LIV players from the competition to announcing a merger with help from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

The Northern Irish golfer will attempt to secure the final major of the season and his fifth ever on the links of Royal Troon later this summer.