Rory McIlroy will be playing in The Memorial, RBC Canadian Open, US Open, and the Travelers Championship for consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour this June; Catch four weeks of McIlroy in action live on Sky Sports Golf
2:03 p.m., UK, Tuesday 30 May 2023
Rory McIlroy begins a busy run of four straight matches this week at The Memorial, with the world number three looking for signs of progress ahead of a packed summer schedule.
McIlroy started 2023 as world number 1 after topping the all-season standings on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour the previous season, then opened his year with a win at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic before suffering a dip in form and results in recent months.
The 33-year-old lost top spot when Scottie Scheffler defended her WM Phoenix Open title and fell further behind when Jon Rahm won the Genesis Invitational a week later, with McIlroy finishing outside the top 25 in both events as problems started to crop up. .
McIlroy has struggled with replacement drivers on the Riviera and then switched putters after an early exit at The Players, despite showing marked improvement in both areas during his run to the semifinals at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
He went into The Masters as the pre-tournament favorite but saw his career Grand Slam bid end with a second missed cut in three years at Augusta National, with McIlroy then missing RBC Heritage ahead of a disappointing showing at the Wells Fargo Championships.
McIlroy has little expectation of getting into the PGA Championship, although a tied seventh finish – where he was far from his best – gives him plenty to be positive about entering key stretches of the season.
“I feel like I need my best stuff to win, but you know, I don’t need my best stuff to compete and survive,” McIlroy said after his second major of the year, “I have to do better.”
The busy run for McIlroy begins
McIlroy opened for his four-week stint at The Memorial, live on Sky Sports Golf starting Thursdaywhich was an event in which he had recorded four career top 10 finishes but had not finished 18th in his previous four visits to Muirfield Village.
The 34-year-old’s next start will be at the RBC Canadian Open, where McIlroy will be chasing a historic third win in a row after following a dominant seven-shot victory in 2019 with a successful title defense last year.
McIlroy will have another chance to end his major winless run at the US Open from June 15-18, some 12 years after winning his breakthrough big win in the event, with the tournament heading to the Los Angeles Country Club for the first time.
The busy stretch concludes with a trip to the Travelers Championship from June 22-25, one of the PGA Tour’s rising events and tournament in which McIlroy posted top-20 finishes across all four appearances.
He will then have at least two more weeks of competitive action before appearing in the mutually agreed-upon Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club from July 13-16 – an event he will miss in 2022 – before teeing up at The 151st Open the following week.
The last major of the year took place at Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2014, when he claimed a two stroke victory, with McIlroy hoping to repeat the performance as he looks to lift the Claret Jug for a second time.
McIlroy has yet to confirm his post-Open schedule but will likely be absent from the next two events before the FedExCup playoffs, which begin with the FedEx St Jude Championship at TPC Southwind from August 10-13.
The BMW Championship takes place at Olympia Field Country Club a week later, with McIlroy hoping to finish in the top 30 FedExCup standings for the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club from August 24-27.
Following the FedExCup playoffs, McIlroy will return to Europe and has confirmed he will play back-to-back DP World Tour events, starting at the Horizon Irish Open from September 7-10 before the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth a week later.
McIlroy will then need a week to prepare for his seventh straight Ryder Cup appearance which is expected for Team Europe from September 29 to October 1, where he will hope to help Luke Donald’s team regain the trophy at Marco Simone Golf Club.
Catch Rory McIlroy in action on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour all year round live on Sky Sports! McIlroy performs at The Memorial, live from June 1-4 on Sky Sports Golf
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