Rory McIlroy unfazed by Tiger Woods-led American challenge at US Open

by Theguardian

• Woods revival will inspire compatriots says Northern Irishman• McIlroy suited to course and says, ‘I feel good about my game’

As Tiger Woods continues his resurgence he has been credited with assisting American golf’s own upswing. The US Open gets under way on Thursday with the United States seeking to maintain a run in which it holds every men’s major championship and significant transatlantic team trophy.

Such a scenario will always resonate in a Ryder Cup year. The man Europe will place the most faith in when the USA visit France in September, Rory McIlroy, believes the return of Woods has had a positive impact on his countrymen. Woods, amid this compelling return from back surgery, tees off at Shinnecock Hills seeking to add a 15th major to his CV.

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