ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rory McIlroy caught his first glimpse of the course where he'll defend his PGA Championship title in August, and he liked what he saw of Oak Hill Country Club.
McIlroy shot 67 on a practice round on Monday.
The 24-year-old Northern Irishman, also the 2011 U.S. Open champion, has had a fairly rough year so far. He missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, lost in the opening round of the Match Play Championship and walked out of the second round at the Honda Classic in a display of utter frustration.
His game has since begun to slowly turn around, and although he has yet to win this year — and has been replaced at No. 1 in the world rankings by Tiger Woods — McIlroy has four Top 10 finishes in nine starts as the U.S. Open looms in two weeks at Merion in Ardmore, Pa.