Rory Mcilroy Takes Short Break From Golf After Us Open Meltdown

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rory mcilroy takes short break from golf after us open meltdown

Rory McIlroy said Monday he plans to take a break from golf after describing his epic US Open collapse as probably the 'toughest' day of his professional career.

In his first public comments since his meltdown at Pinehurst on Sunday that allowed Bryson DeChambeau to claim a one-shot victory, McIlroy said his next event will be the July 11-14 Scottish Open, the warm-up for the The Open Championship .

'Yesterday was a tough day, probably the toughest I've had in my nearly 17 years as professional golfer,' said McIlroy, who has withdrawn from this week's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

McIlroy, who left Pinehurst swiftly on Sunday without speaking to media, squandered a two-shot lead with five holes to play, making bogeys on three of the last four holes to surrender a winning position to DeChambeau.

Bad timing

Two of McIlroy's bogeys came from missed putts of less than four feet.