ROCHESTER, New York: World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is off to Merion for two US Open practice rounds this week after a talk with coach Dave Stockton to try and help his golf game before next week’s major showdown.
The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland, who won his first major title at the 2011 US Open, spoke on Monday at Oak Hill, where he will defend his most recent major triumph at the 95th PGA Championship in August.
“It is the strongest field in golf and it’s great to be able to come out on top in a field like that,” said McIlroy, who won last year’s PGA crown at Kiawah Island.
McIlroy will play on Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds at Merion as he tries to fine tune a game that has seen him produce four top-10 showings in US PGA events, including a second at the Texas Open, but only a share of 25th at the Masters and 57th last week at the Memorial.
“I’m feeling good. I’m looking forward to seeing Merion.”
McIlroy spent time with Stockton at Memorial last week.
“Dave Stockton was at Memorial for a couple of days, trying to get me to hole some more putts,” McIlroy said.