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Rory McIlroy has pulled out of this week’s Travelers Championship, a $US20 million PGA Tour signature event, saying on social media that he will take time away from the game before the Genesis Scottish Open next month.

The move comes a day after McIlroy finished one shot behind winner Bryson DeChambeau at the US Open, a fate that was agonisingly punctuated by missed par attempts inside four feet on the 16th and 18th holes. Shortly afterwards, DeChambeau’s successful up-and-down at the 18th secured him the victory.

Here is McIlroy’s full statement on X:

In the aftermath of the loss, McIlroy received criticism for leaving the course without speaking to the media. He did not address his quick exit in the post.

It was McIlroy’s fifth top-five major finish in the past three years. However, he has not won a major championship since the 2014 PGA Championship.

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McIlroy, 35, is ranked No.2 in the world and is third in the FedEx Cup standings. He has won three times globally in 2024, including twice on the PGA Tour (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Wells Fargo Championship). McIlroy’s next appearance will be at the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, where he is the defending champion. The Scottish begins on July 11, and will be followed by the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The Travelers Championship is in its second year of elevated tournament status. Because it is a limited-field event, there will be no alternates to fill McIlroy’s place.