Rory McIlroy: I was trying to play my way into the final group

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Rory McIlroy: I was trying to play my way into the final group

Rory McIlroy showed his quality on the second day of the US Open, after a one-under 69. He was calm, determined and in the end, achieved what he imagined. "After 36 holes in a major championship, all you want to do is put yourself right in the mix going into the weekend," McIlroy told reporters.

"For a little part of the day there, it seemed like I was going to be a few more behind, but I dug deep and played the last eight holes really, really well. "That was the goal. After I bogeyed 10, I just wanted to try to shoot under par.

I had some chances coming up. "I just played a really clean eight holes, which was pleasing. Hit fairways, hit greens, gave myself chances, got myself right back in the tournament." - McIlroy said for skysports. Rory is happy with the position he is in, and now serious challenges await him.

"I was trying to play my way into the final group and then I was told in scoring that the final group tees off at 3:45pm tomorrow. It's, like, maybe I don't want to be in the final group! Seems very late. "I was trying to make birdie on 18 to try to get to five under, but I'm really happy with my position.

"I played a good round of golf yesterday. I came back well today after a tough start, and yeah, right in the mix. Couldn't be any happier."

Morikawa and Dahmen

Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen are currently the leaders.

Dangerous will be for anyone, and skysports reporters asked Morikawa if he believed in destiny after his two previous wins, at the PGA Championship in 2020 and The Open last year, came in such circumstances, and he answered: "It's such a terrible stat.

"I mean, I've played 11 majors, so it's not a big enough stat to really make anything out of it, but I would love to make it three for three. "No one has taken it deep so far and kind of run away, but you know what, right now my game feels really good.

"The last few days is a huge confidence booster for me heading into this weekend, and hopefully we can kind of make some separation somehow."