McIlroy blames errant driving for poor start

Rory McIlroy says poor driving led to a disappointing six-over-par 78 in the first round of the US Open at Erin Hills. The world number two from Northern Ireland hit just five fairways and was a regular visitor to the thigh-deep fescue rough. McIlroy – the 2011 US Open champion – is joint 143rd, 13…

'It's supposed to be tough' – McIlroy after US Open rough is cut

Rory McIlroy has criticised the cutting of heavy rough two days before the start of the US Open after players posted videos of the knee-length grass. The tall, thick fescue was removed from four holes at Erin Hills on Tuesday. The United States Golf Association (USGA) said the decision was “based on weather” and not…

US Open: Rory McIlroy to return from rib injury at Erin Hills

World number two Rory McIlroy says he has recovered from a rib injury and will for the US Open. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman was treated for a stress fracture to the ribs earlier in the year and pulled out of May’s PGA Championship at Wentworth. He also missed this weekend’s Memorial Tournament, the final warm-up…

Rory McIlroy pulls out of PGA Championship with rib injury

World number two Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth because of a rib injury. The 28-year-old, who was treated for a stress fracture to his ribs earlier in the year, felt discomfort during the recent Players Championship in Florida. “I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my…

Oosthuizen in share of lead as McIlroy struggles with back

Players Championship second-round leaderboard -9 L Oosthuizen (SA), K Stanley (US); -7 JB Holmes (US); -6 V Singh (Fij); -5 I Poulter (Eng), D Hearn (Can), R Cabrera Bello (Spa), P Cantlay (US), A Noren (Swe) Selected others:-4 P Casey (Eng), -2 A Scott (Aus); -1 G McDowell (NI) Level R McIlroy (NI), S Garcia…