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Rory riled by recent slump

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Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for 60th at The Open © PA Photos
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Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is adamant that his difficult period is behind him, and believes he should be considered a contender for the US PGA Championship next week.

McIlroy has missed the cut at three of his last five events on the PGA Tour, and could only finish in a tie for 60th at The Open during July, having failed to make the weekend as he attempted to defend the US Open title the month before.

That disappointing run was in marked contrast to the blistering way he began the season, which included a victory at the Honda Classic during March. However, McIlroy feels he has diagnosed what the issues were, and is confident of a challenge at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"Yeah, it's been frustrating," McIlroy said. "Obviously it would be nice to tee it up every week and be in contention, but it's just not going to happen. It was happening there for a while, and it was nice, and [then] my game just sort of went off for a few weeks.

"The last few weeks I've just been trying to get it back to where it was and feel like I'm definitely getting closer to that.

"I think there were a few things [wrong]. I needed to tweak a couple things in my swing: I just got a little bit out of position. And then from there, I've been hitting the ball great on the range.

"It's just about trying to bring that from the range onto the golf course and trying to separate the two, trying not to think so technically on the golf course when I've been working on stuff on the range."

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