Rory McIlroy has spring in his step despite watery finish
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Rory McIlroy stopped the rot in Memphis from which he took a lot of positives even if his final warm-up for his US Open title defence this week still ended on a bitterly disappointing note.
Northern Ireland's world No 2 had missed the cut on his three previous starts, so to be joint leader with one hole to play at the FedEx St Jude Classic was a massive boost in confidence.
Then came a hook into the lake off the final tee, a missed four-foot putt and a double-bogey six that dropped him to joint-seventh.
McIlroy was not too downhearted by his late collapse, though. "I saw a lot of positive signs this week," he said. "I got in a good position after 11 holes of the final round and hit a couple of shots coming in, but overall it's still a pretty good week. I'm looking forward to getting to San Francisco.
"I said in the early part of the week, if I got into contention that was great. I did that. I feel like I'm well prepared going into the US Open."
Dustin Johnson is the one who flies north-west in the best of moods. He birdied two of the last three for a closing 66 and a one-stroke win over fellow American John Merrick in only his second event back from an injury that kept him out of action for nearly three months. Johnson missed the Masters after aggravating his back lifting a jet ski at his home, not returning until the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago. "It feels really good, especially having so much time off," said Johnson. The 27-year-old Ryder Cup player slipped to 21st in the world during his absence, but leaps back into the top 10 on the eve of the season's second major.
There will be a lot of attention on whether No 1 Luke Donald and No 3 Lee Westwood – a five-shot winner in Sweden at the weekend – can end their waits for a first major, but Johnson has had near-misses too. He led the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach but slumped to a final-round 82 as playing partner Graeme McDowell won.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli comment: Time running out for 'lost boy' to shine at Liverpool, or anywhere
Cristiano Ronaldo applauded by Liverpool fans after master-class for Real Madrid, despite Manchester United ties
Angel Di Maria injury latest: Argentina international set to play in Manchester United vs Chelsea match
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'