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Published: 11:32 | 6/6/16

McGirt wins Memorial ahead of Rory McIlroy

Northern Irishman ready for US Open

Rory McIlroy's plans for tackling the gruelling test of the US Open at Oakmont look in good shape after the Northern Irishman finished just two shots behind William McGirt at the Memorial Tournament.

The four-time major champion shot a four-under-par final round to set the clubhouse lead on -13 but was forced to settle for a share of fourth place after McGirt and Jon Curran finished on 15-under with Dustin Johnson a shot behind the duo.

After Curran missed a 30-foot putt to win on the first extra hole - which would have been his first PGA title - McGirt won with a par at the second extra hole after both players missed the green with their approach shots and Curran failed to scramble in two.

"It was a struggle all day but to get your first win is pretty special," McGirt said afterwards.

The 35-year-old had led overnight in Ohio alongside Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland, the latter pair however, carded one-over-par rounds of 73 to drop back to share fourth with McIlroy and JB Holmes.

Johnson led on 16-under at the turn but ended up two-over for his final nine holes leaving him a shot off the pace.

McIlroy is now looking to the US Open in two weeks time and is confident his game is where it needs to be to challenge.

"I expect a little bit of a tougher test at Oakmont, but I feel like my game's in good shape," he said.

"Off the tee, I was really good this week and I feel like my putting improved quite a lot.

"My iron play hasn't been great. I'm just not hitting the ball close enough to the flag with my mid-irons.

"That's what I'll be working on primarily from now until Thursday week."

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