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Rory McIlroy looking forward to Congressional challenge

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to meeting the challenge posed by the Congressional Country Club head on.

He believes that the course in Maryland plays to his strengths as the greens are hard and players will need to hit the ball high to ensure their ball remains on the putting surface.

McIlroy is hoping to repeat his performance from the first three rounds of the Masters in Augusta but this time add a composed and well-rounded final day to the mix.

"My game is in really good shape. I'm not going to come out and say 'it's OK'. I feel pretty confident," he told the BBC.

Commenting on his disastrous Masters final round, the Northern Irishman said: "If I get myself into position like that again, hopefully I'll have learned from it and the outcome will be slightly different."

McIlroy is hoping to follow in the footsteps of friend and Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell who claimed the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010.

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