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Rory McIlroy plans to bounce back quickly from US Open heartbreak at Scottish Open and The Open

Rory McIlroy remains without a major win since his 2014 PGA Championship success after finishing second at the US Open; McIlroy returns to action at the Genesis Scottish Open ahead of The Open, both live on Sky Sports Golf

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Rory McIlroy admits he got over last month's US Open disappointment 'pretty quickly' and says he appreciates the support he's been given since

Rory McIlroy is confident of bouncing back from his major heartbreak and says he will learn a lot from narrowly missing out on US Open victory last month.

McIlroy briefly held a two-shot lead with five holes to play at Pinehurst No 2 but bogeyed three of the last four, missing two putts from inside four feet to allow Bryson DeChambeau to snatch a one-shot victory.

The runner-up finish was his second in as many years at a US Open and 21st top-10 in majors since his last success at the 2014 PGA Championship, with McIlroy keen to take positives from disappointment going into his Genesis Scottish Open title defence and The Open next week at Royal Troon.

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"I look back on that day, just like I look back on some of my toughest moments in my career," McIlroy said in his press conference ahead of his title defence at the Genesis Scottish Open, live on Sky Sports. "I'll learn a lot from it and I'll hopefully put that to good use.

"It's something that's been a bit of a theme throughout my career. I've been able to take those tough moments and turn them into great things not very long after that."

McIlroy made a bogey-free start at the US Open and followed his opening-round 65 with rounds of 72 and 69 to get within three strokes of DeChambeau going into the final day, where he made four birdies in a five-hole stretch before finishing second after the expensive finish.

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"I think the way I've described Pinehurst on Sunday was like it was a great day until it wasn't," McIlroy explained. "I did things on that Sunday that I haven't been able to do in the last couple years.

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"Took control of the golf tournament. Held putts when I needed to. Well, mostly when I needed to. Made birdies. You know, really got myself in there. Look, obviously unfortunately to miss those last two putts.

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"Yeah, it was a tough day. It was a tough few days after that, obviously. But I think as you get further away from it happening, you start to see the positives and you start to see all the good things that you did throughout the week."

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McIlroy withdrew from the Travelers Championship the following week to "process everything and build himself up" for his title defence in Scotland and his latest major start at The Open, with the 35-year-old spending a few days in Manhattan to reflect on his US Open performance.

"It was nice to sort of blend in with the city a little bit," McIlroy revealed. "I walked around. I walked the High Line a couple of times. I made a few phone calls. Sort of was alone with my thoughts for a couple days, which was good.

"I had some good chats with people close to me. As you start to think about not just Sunday at Pinehurst but the whole way throughout the week, there was a couple of things that I noticed I wanted to try to work on coming into here and obviously next week at Troon.

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"They were hard but at the same time, as each day went by, it became easier to focus on the positives and then to think about the future instead of what had just happened."

McIlroy, who won his first major title in the 2011 US Open just two months after blowing a four-shot lead in The Masters, added: "I still think about the short missed putt that I missed at Crans-sur-Sierre in 2008 in a play-off. You think about all of them.

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"I was probably more devastated after that because it was my rookie year on Tour - I hadn't won yet. I remember feeling really bad after that for like a good week. I stewed on what happened at Pinehurst for a couple of days, but then thankfully I can go home and look at what I've achieved in the game and sort of feel okay about myself.

"Look, it was a great opportunity. It passed me by but hopefully when I get that next opportunity, it won't pass me by."

Watch Rory McIlroy in PGA Tour and DP World Tour action live this season on Sky Sports. Watch the Genesis Scottish Open live on Thursday from 8.30am on Sky Sports Golf, before the 152nd Open at Royal Troon from July 18-21. Stream the PGA Tour, majors and more with NOW.

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