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Rory McIlroy To Take “A Few Weeks Away From the Game” After U.S. Open Collapse

Rory McIlroy To Take "A Few Weeks Away From the Game" After U.S. Open Collapse

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he will be taking time off from golf following his dramatic collapse during the final round of the U.S. Open.

The four-time major winner, who has not picked up a major victory since 2014, was agonizingly close to winning that elusive fifth major title on Sunday and ending the 10-year long drought but despite holding a two-shot lead, the Northern Irishman faltered towards the end sinking three bogeys in his final four shots at Pinehurst No 2 to hand American Bryson DeChambeau the U.S Open crown.

McIlroy released a statement on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday saying: “Yesterday was a tough day, probably the toughest I’ve had in my nearly 17 years as a professional golfer.

“Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Bryson. He is a worthy champion and exactly what professional golf needs right now. I think we can all agree on that.

“As I reflect on my week, I’ll rue a few things over the course of the tournament, mostly the 2 missed putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But, as I always try to do, I’ll look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives.

“As I said at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than I ever have.

“The one word that I would describe my career as is resilient. I’ve shown my resilience over and over again in the last 17 years and I will again.

“I’m going to take a few weeks away from the game to process everything and build myself back up for my defence of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon. See you in Scotland.”

The Genesis Scottish Open will take place between 11-14 July at the Renaissance Club in Scotland.