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Rory McIlroy with his father Gerry during a pre-2021 PGA Championship practice lap on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort last month. Photo: Sam Greenwood / Getty

Brian Keogh

Rory McIlroy will try to put a lackluster PGA championship performance behind him and show US Open form at the Memorial in Muirfield Village.

The Down- Mann mysteriously pulled out of the Pro-Am and its press conference yesterday for “personal reasons” and while there will be speculation about his reasons at Roland Garros in the face of the Naomi Osaka saga, there will be keen interest in how he did in his performance will cut warm-up for Torrey Pines in two weeks.

After his first win in 18 months in the Quail Hollow Championship with an unconvincing performance on Kiawah Island, where he finished 49th with 11 strokes behind 50-year-old Phil Mickelson, he is back in the limelight.

He will certainly be tested on Jack Nicklaus’ redesigned course in Dublin, Ohio, where he is on his way to the best round of 16 of his career in 2016 ere shot an eight-under-64 in fourth place.

World number 8 tees off with Viktor Hovland and Adam Scott (6.44 p.m.), while Shane Lowry tries to get next to European Ryder Cup skipper Pádraig Harrington in the PGA Championship to underpin his fourth with another positive performance.

Lowry only completed two rounds of 12 tours around Muirfield Village in the 1960s, but his form on the Ocean Course suggests that he will be up this week will be a factor again just two weeks before the US Open.

Stephanie Meadow will bring all her experience to the table, making the cut at the US Women’s Open for the first time since her third place finish in her professional debut at Pinehurst No 2 in 2014 .

She’s made five out of seven cuts this year, but she thinks she’ll have to put in a strong weekend performance at the Olympic Club in San Francisco to get in the frame for the Solheim Cup.

“I’ve made a lot of cuts, but I’ve had really bad Saturdays and Sundays so I try to get some momentum through the week and just put four rounds together and do a better than top 40,” Meadow said / p> Get the best analysis with our free newsletter and comment on the GAA Allianz leagues, the Rainbow Cup in rugby and Rory McIlroy’s revival.

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