Rory McIlroy may not have been at his best on day two at the US Open, but the Northern Irishman remains confident that this is the week he ends his long, big drought.
Playing the morning wave, the 32-year-old stumbled to over 73 at Torrey Pines. That leaves him in one championship game, six shots short of the pace set by England’s Richard Bland.
McIlroy, the tournament winner a decade ago in Congress, hasn’t had a major win since the 2014 US PGA.
However, despite the uneven performance in the second round, he loves where he was positioned before the end of the week.
Describing his tour as “a bit serpentine”, McIlroy said, “I’ve made quite a few bogeys, but the birds on two of the last four holes definitely make me feel better about the Tour and give me a little bit of momentum going into tomorrow.
“Even though Richard Bland has been there by five years, someone older than that is right. So yeah, its a weekend and I still feel like I have a really good chance.”
Sadly for the competition, McIlroy also thinks he knows where he was wrong on day two and intends to use Friday afternoon to iron out those range flaws.
“I think my bias was a little bit,” he added. “I’m going to go work on it at the range this afternoon. I felt like I drove really well. I think I hit the ball better today than I did yesterday. Just need to straighten the iron a little bit. If I can do that, like I said, I should have my good chance “.