The defending US Open champion will be the only world top ten player lining up for the St Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind in Memphis this week.
“I’m happy to get another competitive tournament in before [the US Open] next week. It’ll be nice to turn around my form here this week and give myself a chance to win,” the 23 year said in Tennessee this week.
McIlroy missed the cut at last week’s Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, after battling to a seven-over-par 79 in cold, wet and windy conditions in the second round.
Before that he had failed to advance at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and also at the European Tour’s flagship PGA Championship in Wentworth, England.
McIlroy used his unexpected free time last weekend working on his game at the venue for this year’s Open, The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
“I went out and played a little at Olympic on Saturday evening, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,” he said. “It was good to play a few rounds there and get a feel for the golf course.
“I did a lot of good work with my coach Michael Bannon right there in San Francisco. Even though it wasn’t the way I wanted to spend the weekend, I still felt I got a lot out of it.”
Nine Aussies will line up in Memphis including Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin, Robert Allenby, Nick O’Hern, Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling and Gavin Coles.
The defending champion is American Harrison Frazar who won the title last year in a sudden-death playoff with Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.
2012 St Jude Classic Television Coverage
The event is being telecast line in Australia on Fox Sports beginning Friday 5am – 8am.
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