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Rory McIlroy gets his US Open campaign started later today and the Northern Irishman is in high spirits as he looks to end his nine-year wait for a major tournament. The Northern Irishman last tasted major success at the 2014 PGA Championship and he will believe that this week is finally the time to add major number five to his repertoire.
Coming into the tournament, McIlroy has shown flashes that he is getting close to his best. At the most recent major tournament, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, McIlroy made a move on days two and three which gave him an outside chance of the title on the final day of action. Ultimately, he came up short and finished in a tie for second but it was certainly progress made after some ropey results in March and April.
He followed his performance up at the PGA Championship with another solid outing at the Canadian Open last week. After three rounds, he was two shots adrift at the top of the leaderboard and there was belief within the world of golf that he would win his second event of the year. Sadly, he slipped down the leaderboard on the final day and finished in 9th place, however, signs were there once again that his game is in good shape.
Ahead of the 2023 US Open, here is everything you need to know about when Rory McIlroy is playing and who he is playing with across the first two days of action.
The line Rory took on this practice round putt is actually absurd. pic.twitter.com/WM5a3t89VG
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) June 15, 2023
What are Rory McIlroy’s tee times at the US Open?
McIlroy has been given two favourable tee times at the 2023 US Open in the sense that he will play in one of the final groupings on Thursday and then early on Friday. Most players like this setup as it allows them to get a feel for what others are shooting before they go out on the opening day before effectively getting back-to-back rounds to put pressure on the rest of the field.
If McIlroy can play well over the opening two days then he could find himself in a position on Friday where he has the clubhouse lead at the halfway stage of the tournament.
First-round tee time
- 21:54 UK time
Second-round tee time
- 16:24 UK time
Third-round tee time
- 23:29 UK time
Fourth-round tee time
- 22:19 UK time
Who is McIlroy grouped with at the 2023 US Open?
As McIlroy trails Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark by just two strokes in sits in third place, he’ll be paired with World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler in the second to final group. The Dallas native, Scheffler is attempting to win his first major since the 2022 Masters.
McIlroy shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday while Scheffler recorded a 2-under 68 which included a hole-out for an eagle from the fairway on the 17th hole.
McIlroy is paired with Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele for Saturday’s round at Los Angeles Country Club in the second-to-last pairing. The two PGA Tour members sit two strokes behind Fowler (10-under). There should be plenty of intensity from the pair of top 10-ranked players in the Official World Golf Rankings. McIlroy (No. 3) is searching for his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla, while Schauffele (No. 6) is on a quest to win his first major. It would be special for the Californian to win in his home state.
Rounds one and two
At the 2023 US Open, Rory McIlroy has been put in a star-studded group that is sure to get fans excited. On days one and two of the tournament, he will be playing alongside PGA Championship winner and five-time major champion, Brooks Koepka, and 2021 Masters Champion, Hideki Matsuyama.
Playing with two world-class players may well get the best out of McIlroy, particularly as Koepka is somebody who notoriously always shows up at major tournaments. Both Koepka and Matsuyama like to play quickly, too, which should allow McIlroy to get into a nice rhythm around the course. Sometimes, he is guilty of overthinking shots but he won’t have the time to do that playing with these two.
Assuming he makes the cut, McIlroy will then be put into a new grouping for day three and then a different one again on day four. These groupings will be determined by leaderboard position.
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