Rory McIlroy put in a solid display with his putter at the Memorial tournament to give himself confidence going into the second Major of the season at Congressional Country Club on June 16.
The Ulsterman’s putting sometimes fails to match his world-class ball striking, but Sunday’s fifth position came courtesy of some promising form on the greens.
McIlroy, who led the US Masters going into the final round earlier this year, finished with a 68 at Muirfield Village Golf Club to give himself fresh hope of landing his first Major in Bethesda, Maryland.
“I played really good this week,” said the 22-year-old. “I just made a few too many mistakes, which really cost me.
“We’ll have to try and cut those out before the US Open in a couple of weeks’ time. But there are definitely a lot of positives to take from how I’ve played this week.
“If anything, I just need a little bit of strategy more than anything else. If you’re going to miss shots, miss it in the right places. This week if you miss greens it’s very penal here and you get punished quite easily.
“It’s the same as the U.S. Open. If you miss it in the wrong places there, you’re looking at a five or a six. So it’s just something I need to address a little bit.”
Before starting his US Open preparations, McIlroy will make a detour as an ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.