US Open collapse will haunt McIlroy forever – Faldo

Rory McIlroy will be haunted forever by the late collapse which cost him a glorious opportunity to end his majors drought at the US Open at Pinehurst, says six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo.

Four birdies in the space of five holes from the ninth had given McIlroy a two-shot lead as he chased a fifth major title and a first since 2014, only for the world number three to falter by dropping shots at three of the last four holes.

That agonising finish for the Northern Irishman included missed par putts of two feet, six inches and three feet, nine inches on the 16th and 18th respectively, allowing Bryson DeChambeau to claim his second US Open title with a brilliant par save from a bunker on the last.

Speaking on Sky Sports, six-time major winner Faldo said: “That’s going to haunt Rory for the rest of his life, those two misses.”

McIlroy did not speak to media after spurning a wonderful opportunity to end his quest for a first major win since taking victory in the USPGA Championship in August 2014.

His next chance to end that streak will come at the Open Championship at Royal Troon from 18-21 July.

The Northern Irishman has already won the Dubai Desert Classic and the Wells Fargo Championship on the DP World Tour and PGA Tour respectively this season.

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