Rory McIlroy has insisted that his priority for 2014 is to win more majors after relatively disappointing results in prestigious events during 2013.
McIlroy struggled at major events last year after easing to victory in the 2011 US Open at Congressional and the 2012 US PGA Championship at Kiawah where he won by a massive eight-shots on both occasions.
But in 2013 he finished 25th in the Masters, tied 41st in the US Open, tied eighth in the US PGA and missed the cut in The Open Championship at Muirfield.
But McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month and is keen to improve on his performance at majors as he hopes to win his third at Pinehurst.
"After the season I had in the majors last year, I was coming in this year and making them a real priority," he said in Wednesday's US Open press conference.
"I want to get in contention. I want to feel the buzz of being there on the last day of majors and having a chance to win and being more consistent."
In the season's first major, The Masters at Augusta, McIlroy finished in the top 10 but was never in contention to the leaders. He is hoping to build on that performance in the upcoming majors as he looks to prioritise the big events.
"I didn't really do that at The Masters this year. I finished top 10 but I never really had a chance to win," McIlroy said.
"I had a good weekend which was nice but I've got three majors left this season and they're the biggest tournaments in the world and you want to try and do as well as you can in them and you do everything you can do prepare the best way possible.
"It's only been five majors since I won at Kiawah (Island) so it's not that bad but, even if it doesn't happen this week, getting myself into contention and feeling that buzz of having a chance, that's really what I want to do."
The Pinehurst number two course is forecast to be hit with plenty of rain this week but McIlroy believes that the predicted forecast could help his game.
"I seem to do well on wet golf courses. Even though this isn't going to get wet, it'll take the fire out of the golf course which might play into my hands a bit, it might make a few holes play a little bit longer.
"I wouldn't mind seeing a little bit of rain. I'm fine either way. I'm mentally preparing myself for it to be a firm and fast test this week. But if it rains a little bit it might make things a tad easier for me."
The Northern Irishman is currently situated at sixth in the world rankings but admits that he would love to get back to the top, a position currently held by Australian Adam Scott.
McIlroy has spent a total of 39 weeks at world number one during his career with his longest stretch coming between August 2012 and March 2013 and he has set his sights on returning, and staying, there.
"There's a lot of guys that have a chance to get to the top of the world rankings. There could a real tussle for that come the end of the summer," said the 25-year-old.
"Of course I've got a desire to get back to number one in the world. I've been there before, I know what it feels like and I want to get back there again.
"I'd love to get back to the point where I can seize control of that like I did at the end of 2012. Hopefully I'd handle it a little better and keep hold of it a little longer."
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