Drive to succeed Rory McIlroy in action at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week, after which he heads for the PGA Championship

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2014: Rory McIlroy seeking an end to the bad stuff

The Northern Irishman enjoyed his Open victory but he is not dwelling on it. Instead he is hard at work searching for consistency, writes Kevin Garside

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US will miss Dustin Johnson’s ‘firepower’ as big hitter sits out the Ryder Cup

Johnson is taking a break from golf to seek 'professional help for personal challenges'

Dustin Johnson in action during the Open Championship

Dustin Johnson ruled out of the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup as he will take a break to seek 'professional help for personal challenges'

Johnson looked certain to make the United States team but will not be a part of Tom Watson's side that will compete at Gleneagles next month

Rory McIlroy hits from the 16th fairway on the way to his first round score of 69 yesterday

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2014: Rory McIlroy still has Claret Jug in his bag - but now it’s back down to business

The Open champion shot an opening round of 69 on his return to action

Rory McIlroy smiles during a practice round for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio

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Rory McIlroy and the Claret Jug

Manchester United to invite Rory McIlroy to parade Claret Jug at Old Trafford following Open victory

The Northern Irishman joked about his support for Manchester United after winning the Open at Hoylake on Merseyside on Sunday

Rory McIlroy alongside his father Gerry

The Open 2014: Rory McIlroy's father Gerry bags £100,000 after ten-year bet on his son to win Open Championship pays off - and his friends cash in too

McIlroy may have bagged £975,000 along with the Claret Jug but is dad Gerry was left celebrating a hefty pay-out after backing his son to win the Open within 10 years

Rory McIlroy and the Claret Jug

The Open 2014: Tweets show Rory McIlroy celebrating with the Claret Jug - but he will soon turn his attention to The Masters - the major he really wants

Only the third golfer to have won three majors by his age, the Northern Irishman will be desperate to collect the missing major at Augusta next year

Rory McIlroy throws his ball into the crowd in celebration of his 2014 Open Championship

The Open 2014: Rory McIlroy overcomes hecklers to win third major

McIlroy ejected one spectator who has been heckling him for 16 holes but he did not ignore the boy on purpose

Rory McIlroy is congratulated by his mother, Rose, on the 18th green. ‘I was trying not to cry,’ he said

The Open 2014: Rory McIlroy 'happy I got enough of a cushion as a lot of guys were coming at me’

The Northern Irishman saw his six-shot lead in the morning cut down to two-strokes but he managed to hold on to win his third major

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler stand with their awards for joint second place

The Open 2014: Brave Sergio Garcia falls just short after taking up challenge

Spaniard finishes Open runner-up again but is proud of how he pushed McIlroy

Rory McIlroy and the Claret Jug

The Open 2014: Masterful Rory McIlroy triumphs at Royal Liverpool to win his third major

Northern Irishman sees off Garcia and Fowler by two shots

Rory McIlroy watches his shot from the 1st tee today

The Open 2014 leaderboard: Sergio Garcia emerges to threaten Rory McIlroy lead

Northern Irishman is bidding to win his third major

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The Open 2014: Tiger Woods' worrying fade-out puts his Ryder Cup place at risk

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Fans’ favourite Sergio Garcia has long since won the hearts of spectators but there no prizes for popularity

The Opens 2014: Sergio Garcia looks set to wait a little longer for his turn

The Spaniard has yet to win a major and his 63rd attempt looks doomed by McIlroy’s form

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