Rory McIlroy explains how ready he is for the US Open after taking a break offense as….

Rory McIlroy explains how ready he is for the US Open after taking a break offense as….

Rory McIlroy has been through a busy time on and off the course lately, but importantly is in good shape at a key period.

The US Open is rapidly approaching, with Pinehurst playing host to the iconic tournament, which gets underway in mid-June.

The Northern Irishman clinched second place last time out, securing his best finish since lifting the trophy all the way back in 2011.

Preparations are well underway as he aims for another victory, with the Canadian Open next up in his calendar.

McIlroy is well-equipped to win at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which hosts the event for the first time since he won there in 2019.

Rory McIlroy reveals his US Open preparation

A well-earned rest has, however, been a requirement for the 35-year-old, who fell to number three in the world ranking’s after Xander Schauffele won the PGA Championship.

McIlroy hasn’t played since the major earlier this month, but is now more than ready to take part in each of the next four tournaments.

“I certainly switched off,” said McIlroy, as per BBC Sport. “I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Italy for four days, which was a lot of fun, good to see a lot of people from home I haven’t seen in a long time. Yeah, it was actually a really good trip, I needed it.

Then I had a lovely break, I had a great weekend at home. Spent time with my family and with Poppy and, yeah, it was awesome.

“I’m playing four weeks in a row here, so I’m ready to go, but it’s been a busy stretch and I’m sort of easing my way back into it.

“I probably hit a grand total of probably 150 balls last week. So, not that I feel rusty, I feel like I’ve played enough golf to keep myself ticking over, but, yeah, last week was a good week to just reset and sort of start again.”

What shape is Rory McIlroy in ahead of the US Open?

As always, the competition to lift the US Open trophy will be fierce, with McIlroy among five past champions who have a realistic chance of a second title at Pinehurst.

The world number three has made the cut in all 11 of his events in 2024, and importantly has two wins to his name, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Wells Fargo Championship.

But given the long list of talented players taking part and the nature of the course, Wayne Riley is ‘not so sure’ that this is McIlroy’s year.

Recent history may just play on his mind at Pinehurst, with McIlroy last winning a major all the way back at the 2014 PGA Championship.

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