Rory McIlroy: "I would go through 100 Sundays like this" to win another major

Rory McIlroy would go through all of the heartbreak again to get that fifth major.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2023
Rory McIlroy: "I would go through 100 Sundays like this" to win another major

Rory McIlroy suffered another heartbreak Sunday in Los Angeles at the US Open, but still, the Northern Irishman is determined to find that fifth major.

McIlroy, 34, won four major championships in the short span of just over three years between 2011 and 2014.

But what followed has been a nearly decade long major drought where things just can't seem to go McIlroy's way.

Last year, he finished inside the top-10 at all four majors, his most brutal heartbreak coming at the season's last with the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.

McIlroy entered Sunday at the historic golf with a share of the lead, but ended the day with a third-place finish after a tough round where putts just wouldn't seem to drop.

Unfortunately, this Sunday at the US Open was eerily similar.

McIlroy played steady golf, but couldn't make the crucial birdies needed. Instead, he settled for another runner-up at a major as he finished one-stroke back of Wyndham Clark.

"The last real two chances I've had at majors I feel like have been pretty similar performances, like St Andrews last year and then here," McIlroy told reporters after the tournament. "Not doing a lot wrong, but I didn't make a birdie since the first hole today. Just trying to be a little more, I guess, efficient with my opportunities and my looks."

It's McIlroy's second runner-up finish at a major in the past two seasons after finishing second to Scottie Scheffler at the 2022 Masters Tournament as well.

Since his last major - the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla - McIlroy has earned 14 more PGA Tour wins.  He's won three TOUR Championships, multiple World Golf Championships, and The Players.

Still, it's that fifth major that McIlroy so desperately wants to find.

And amidst the heartbreak, he said he would go through all of this over again - if it meant getting that title.

After Sunday's heartbreak, McIlroy was asked if the getting asked the same questions - like dealing with the disappointment of coming up short - gets exhausting.

"It is," he said."But at the same time, when I do finally win this next major, it's going to be really, really sweet. I would go through 100 Sundays like this to get my hands on another major championship."

McIlroy's next chance to find that fifth major is next month when the Open Championship heads to Royal Liverpool.

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