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So close, yet so far. In search of his first major win since the 2014 PGA Championship, and his fifth career major title, Troon investor Rory McIlroy finished just 1 stroke behind winner Wyndham Clark at the 123rd U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club. It was McIlroy’s third Top-3 finish in his last seven majors, and his 19th Top-10 in a major since that 2014 victory. “It is, but at the same time, when I do finally win this next major, it’s going to be really, really sweet,” he said afterwards responding to a question about whether it’s exhausting to answer questions about disappointment. “I would go through 100 Sundays like this to get my hands on another major championship.” His wish just might come true next month (July 20-23) at The Open Championship being played at Royal Liverpool in England.
2022 U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick didn’t return to the winner’s circle, but a tie for 17th wasn’t too shabby. “Yeah, it was tough,” he said afterwards. “It was a grind for me this week. I just did not drive the ball very well at all. That’s what let me down. But enjoyable nonetheless.” One highlight was Fitzpatrick carding his first-ever hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR, and the third overall in this year’s U.S. Open, on the short par-3 15th during the second round.
Gary Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, finished 49th, while Justin Thomas, Alex Noren, and Matt Kuchar missed the cut. Fitzpatrick, Kuchar, McIlroy, Thomas, and Woodland are in the field for this week’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
On PGA CHAMPIONS, Colin Montgomerie travels to Endicott, New York, for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open this week. He’s had two Top-10 finishes in that tournament: a tie for seventh in 2017 and a tie for fourth in 2019.
After missing the cut at the Mejier Classic For Simply Give in Michigan, Yealimi Noh returns to New Jersey for the LPGA’s second major of the season: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. This will be her fourth appearance in the event, with a personal best finish in 2021 when she tied for 15th.
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