McIlroy eager to hit the ground running in New York
Rory McIlroy says he needs a fast start if he is to have a chance of winning the US Open at Winged Foot.
The world number four will look to win his fifth Major crown this week, six years after his last success.
This week's tournament will be the first McIlroy has played in since becoming a father earlier this month and he arrives in solid form having finished tied seventh at the Tour Championship and tied-12th at the BMW Championship.
His last win came at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in 2019, and he admits his slow starts have cost him in recent Majors.
The former US Open champion will partner Justin Rose, and Adam Scott for the first two rounds of the tournament and McIlroy says he needs a fast start on such a difficult course.
He told BBC Sport: "If you looked at my Major championship performances over the last few years, I've just got off to slow starts.
"I probably just put a little too much pressure on myself going into tournaments.
"When I start tournaments well, I seem to stay up there. But that's been the big thing for me. If I can start and put a good solid round together on a Thursday, I'm usually right there."
McIlroy is 19.00 to win this week, while Dustin Johnson is 9.50 and John Rahm 11.00.
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