2022 US Open: Rory McIlroy seeks peace of his youth in search of the first major crown since 2014.

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Somehow, Rory McIlroy has been chasing his 25-year-old car for the past eight years. The 33-year-old is now 25 years old without a major tournament. He won two that season to match the two he already had, but was left empty-handed for the next 81 months.

On Saturday, at the 2022 U.S. Open, McIlroy will be competing against the first three reps of his career as he tries to start his main career in the tournament.

Colin Morikawa (25), Scottie Scheffler (25) and Jon Rahm (27) have all joined four majors, the same number as the statesman in their sport today. Morikawa has a blow against McIlroy with Rahm Ulsterman and Scheffler tied next to him. They have Rory surrounded.

McIlroy almost threw in the U.S. Open before this was really good. After 67 shots on Thursday and sitting on a single shot, he headed for the second round starting on Friday. It started at Rory, but the disaster at No. 3 brought a 25-foot putt to the double bogey, and buried it.

He danced from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. most of the day on Friday, calling for views of the Southern Hills PGA Tour, until he was out of his hands, dancing in the minds of the fans.

A No. 10 bogey pushed McIlroy 1 under, and it looked like everything was running away. At that moment, he thought, “I wanted to try to shoot down the wall [on the day]”It simply came to our notice then.

McIlroy rose to the back of the 69th, followed by a strong follow-up to the 67th under Morikawa and Joel Dahmen’s shared 4-pointer and another back.

McIlroy has been injured all week, partly because has carried the weight of a sport. But it is clear that this is the best option he has had for several years to add to his main collection. McIlroy is a bloody competition when it comes to smelling the main moments, and he has taken advantage of almost everything he has played.

It’s been a long time coming, though, and he knows that winning this event before 2011 won’t help him win this US Open.

“I think I’m going to have to go out this week with the thought of trying to win my first one again,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been playing golf as well as I’ve been playing golf for a long time. .

“I’m in the right place. I’m very happy with where my game is, and I think that’s the most important thing.”

The freedom of walk sought by McIlroy can be found in the hearts of Morikawa, Scheffler and, to some extent, Rahm.

Will McIlroy call what these guys embody – what he once better embodied than anyone – on the weekend?

Morikawa and Scheffler and Rahm have the ability to leave youngsters in a hurry because they still don’t know that they will get tired. For years, McIlroy has not been sure whether he is confident enough to give up. Now? Well, he seems ready.

“You want to go against the best to try to get the best out of you,” McIlroy said. “And seeing Collin and Jon and Scottie and Sam [Burns] up there, and anyone else, that’s the main golf of the tournament. That’s the competition.

“I definitely don’t want it to be easy. I want the boys to go out and shoot 65, so I have to go shoot 64. That’s the competition, and that’s the core of this game. I’m excited to be in it. Mix for the weekend.”

When McIlroy feels himself and the moment, everything seems liquid.

Knock or knock or hammer other players. Rory pours in. His swing, no doubt, but also his whole ethos. His presence fills the major tournaments.

It was a 10-minute break on Friday when McIlroy completed his round with Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama. An analog board danced with the wrong lettering SCHAUFFELE on McIlroy’s shoulder filled the 17th cup with his fifth and final bird of the day, to reach 4 below.

McIlroy went on to his 18th career, where, during a long wait for the team in front of him, he juggled the golf balls provided by Schauffele’s caddy. The juggler would soon be looking for the juggler.

As McIlroy gained strength at the end of his turn, he moved to the property with the freedom of the water.

All of this begs the question: Did you go to the US Open this weekend dragging so many of your past with you and watching so many young stars who don’t have to handle that burden?

As the sun was setting on this rugged old route, McIlroy was asked on Friday if he could play freely in Brooklin. He washed the face of the grand champion four times with an old look.

“For the first time in a long time,” he said sharply.

The weekend will be significant.

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