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McIlroy anxious to make a cut ahead of US Open defence

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Rory McIlroy would simply like to make the cut at this week's St Jude Classic, as he plays his final tournament before the defence of his US Open title.

McIlroy, the current world No. 2, has missed the cut in the last three events he has played - struggling for form with just over a week to go before he defends the major title he won by eight shots last year at Congressional.

The Northern Irishman believes there is not too much wrong with his game at the moment despite the disappointing run of results, but admits it would be nice simply to play a full tournament ahead of the trip to the Olympic Club.

"What I need most is competitive golf - and four rounds of it would be nice!" McIlroy joked. "But I don't think there is too much wrong.

"I'm hitting a lot of good shots - it's just I seem to be paying a big penalty for the odd loose one."

While McIlroy is anxious to make the cut this week in Memphis, next week's major is undoubtedly the priority. After missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament last week, he admitted that he spent much of his time off scouting the Olympic course.

"Yeah, I flew to Olympic on Saturday," he said. "So I went out and played a little at Olympic on Saturday evening, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

"So I got three good days there, three full days and flew in here last night. So it was good. It was good to play a couple of rounds there and get a feel for the golf course.

"It was a very productive weekend last weekend. I feel I did a lot of good work with my coach Michael Bannon right there in San Francisco and got to see the course next week.

"Even though it wasn't the way I wanted to spend the weekend, I still felt I got a lot out of it."

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