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Rory McIlroy breaks silence on US Open implosion at Pinehurst and WITHDRAWS from this week’s Travelers Championship

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Rory McIlroy breaks silence on US Open implosion at Pinehurst and WITHDRAWS from this week's Travelers Championship

Rory McIlroy described his collapse at the US Open on Sunday as “probably the toughest day” of his career and has withdrawn from this week’s Travelers Championship.

Maintaining a two-stroke lead, McIlroy made three bogeys over the final five holes, missing two putts from a combined distance of seven feet. He fled the field a few minutes after Bryson DeChambeau earned the victory.

In a statement on social media on Monday, McIlroy said: Yesterday was a tough day, probably the toughest I’ve had in my almost 17 years as a professional golfer.

First of all, I would like to congratulate Bryson. He is a worthy champion and exactly what professional golf needs right now. I think we can all agree on that.

As I reflect on my week, I will regret a few things over the course of the tournament, mainly the 2 missed putts on the 16th and 18th on the final day. But, as I always try to do, I will look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives.

‘As I said at the beginning of the tournament, I feel closer than ever to winning my next major championship.

‘The only word I would describe my career is resilient. I have proven my resilience time and time again over the past 17 years and I will do so again.

“I’m going to take a few weeks away from the game to process everything and prepare for my defense of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon.”

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