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McIlroy sees his chance

Rory McIlroy knows an opportunity when he sees one. With Tiger Woods still nursing injury, the U.S. Open champion is champing at the bit to nail down a second major in the British Open, which begins in a couple of weeks.

"It's a good time for me to win things when he's not playing his best," McIlroy said of Woods in an interview carried in the Irish Times.

"The first thing for Tiger is to get healthy and see what happens from there. I don't know if anyone can answer if he'll get back to where he was 10 years ago, but a lot of people would like to see him back on the course."

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McIlroy has been taking a few days from golf since his sensational triumph at Congressional. That included a day watching tennis at Wimbledon for the 22-year-old, who is himself a handy tennis player.

"A lot of things go into winning a tournament. Obviously there's preparation and needing to play well and you need a bit of luck. But I feel as if I'm playing well and have a really good chance of winning and that's all you can ask for," McIlroy said of his prospects in the British Open, which is being played on the links course at Royal Sandwich.