Rory McIlroy headed in the US Open 3rd round and remained a strong contender for his 5th major title, the first after 2014. He was in a buoyant mood as he came back from a difficult double bogey on the 3rd hole in the second round to card 69. It gave him a half-stage total of 4 under par. He remains a shot off the joint lead by Joel Dahmen and Open champion Collin Morikawa.
Given Rory McIlroy company in third place were defending champs Hayden Buckley, Jon Rahm, Beau Hossler, and Aaron Wise. Scottie Scheffler, the world’s top rank and Masters champion, was part of a 5 member group on 3 under.
Rory McIlroy said that he would have to fall back on his past tranquil mindset as he tries to win his first major after a long gap. He said that he was playing his best golf after a long period. He said that he was happy about his game and he remained in a good position. He said that was the most vital thing to consider at this stage of the Open.
Rory McIlroy Not Perturbed By Top Players Giving Him Tough Competition
He was not perturbed by the company of some top players competing strongly alongside and said that it was the reason why they play. He said that he mentioned it in Canada a week ago when he was playing hard for the title with Tony Finau and Justin Thomas.
He said that he would prefer to play among the best and produce the best that he could under the circumstances. He did not want to have it easy and said that was what the competition was about.
Rory McIlroy said that he wants his competition to shoot 65, so he is forced to go to 64. He said that competition was at the core of any game, and he was thrilled to be in the thick of things as he goes into the final rounds of the US Open.