Rory McIlroy: Will I remember the fifth place I had at Brookline? Probably not

Rory McIlroy did not achieve his goal, and that was the title at the US Open. In the end, he had to settle for 5th place. Yet, Rory is an optimist and believes he must remain patient.

“I’ll look back at this as another missed opportunity just as Southern Hills was, but missed opportunities are better than not contending at all,” McIlroy said. “So that is a positive. I have to stay patient at this point because if I just keep putting myself in position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to get one.

“It’s not win or bust. It’s not as if where I finished today is the same as not playing on the weekend. I guess when I look back, will I remember the fifth place I had at Brookline? Probably not.

Rory McIlroy is positive

McIlroy thinks he is close to the goal after all.

“Yeah, there’s positives to take from it. I played well enough to give myself a chance to win. I didn’t get the job done, but I’m closer than I have been in a while, which is good.”

He had a few good moves and we know what Rory can do when he needs it most, but this time he didn’t show everything that adorns him.

“A bit of a roller coaster on the front nine, bogeys and birdies,” McIlroy added. “Got off to a great start. Sort of feel like there was a couple of holes out there this week that were my nemesis, the third being one of them.

“It wasn’t that easy out there. Obviously, there was a few good scores, but I needed to shoot a 65 or a 66 to get the job done today and I just wasn’t quite on it enough to do that. I still feel like I played well and shot a solid round of golf, but just not quite good enough to contend.