Rory McIlroy practising at Merion ahead of US Open

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Rory McIlroy has already begun his preparations for next week's US Open, as attention quickly turns to the upcoming major at Merion in Pennsylvania.

With the tournament set to start a week on Thursday, the world number two will take in two practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, as he looks to familiarise himself with a course that will be hosting the US Open for the first time since 1981.

Reflecting on a difficult couple of weeks after failing to make the cut at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, then finishing tied-54th in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village - 18 strokes behind eventual winner Matt Kuchar - McIlroy is hoping to brush up on his putting with the help of his coach Dave Stockton, and put in a much better performance next week.

"Dave was at the Memorial for a couple of days, trying to get me to hole some more putts," the Northern Irishman is quoted by Sky Sports. "The ball striking has not really been an issue this year. 

"I've actually hit the ball pretty well from tee to green, and I've given myself a lot of opportunities but didn't take as many as I should have.

"I'm playing pretty well. I need it all to click into place and once I do that, I'll be off and running."

The 24-year-old two-time major champion still has plenty of time on his side, but will be growing increasingly concerned by his lack of form, which is a far cry from the level of performance that made him golf's dominant figure in 2012.



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