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Rory heads to Memphis for US Open tune up
Rory McIlroy wouldn't normally line up a tournament just a week before a major championship, let alone the U.S. Open the title he will be defending. But then he doesn't normally miss cuts, let alone three consecutively.

Desperate to recapture his early season form that saw him win the Honda Classic in March, McIlroy will take part in this week's St. Jude Classic in Memphis ahead of his trip to the Olympic Club in San Francisco in seven days.

"I feel like that's just what I need ... especially going into next week," McIlroy told reporters Wednesday. "But I mean I would love to play well here and obviously try and win the tournament, and that would give me a great confidence boost going into next week."

McIlroy has come under recent criticism by none other than 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus for taking part in the tournament and of his preparation in general.

However, the 23-year-old World No2 pointed out his three dismal performances at The Players Championship, the BMW PGA Championship and the Memorial, and his desire to get over the slump with more time out on the course.

“I felt I needed more competitive golf,” he said. “The golfing gods have reminded me that this game isn’t as easy as it seems."

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