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Rory McIlroy hopeful of sticking around

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Rory McIlroy is playing more golf than he planned going into the U.S. Open, just not on the right days.

The U.S. Open champion lost his No. 1 ranking by missing consecutive cuts at the two big tournaments - The Players Championship and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. His frustrations boiled over last week when he tossed a 6-iron after an errant shot at Wentworth.

McIlroy is part of a strong field at the Memorial, which starts Thursday with defending champion Steve Stricker, top-ranked Luke Donald, Tiger Woods and Masters champion Bubba Watson. McIlroy has added the St. Jude Classic next week before going to The Olympic Club for the next major.

Despite the scrutiny, McIlroy has kept his sense of humor. He says he added a tournament because ``these two-day weeks aren't that good for me.''

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Memorial Tourn field
Blake AdamsRobert AllenbyStuart Appleby
Aaron BaddeleySang-Moon BaeRicky Barnes
Kris BlanksJonas BlixtKeegan Bradley
Jonathan ByrdAngel CabreraBud Cauley
Greg ChalmersKevin ChappellK.J. Choi
Stewart CinkWill ClaxtonNicolas Colsaerts
Erik ComptonChris CouchFred Couples
Ben CraneBen CurtisBrian Davis
Jason DayChris DiMarcoLuke Donald
James DriscollKen DukeErnie Els
Harris EnglishMatt EveryMartin Flores
Rickie FowlerJim FurykTommy Gainey
Robert GarrigusTom GillisLucas Glover
Branden GraceBill HaasBrian Harman
David HearnBo HoagCharley Hoffman
J.B. HolmesJohn HuhBilly Hurley III
Ryuji ImadaTrevor ImmelmanRyo Ishikawa
Brandt JobeDustin JohnsonJerry Kelly
J.J. KilleenChris KirkColt Knost
Kelly KraftMarc LeishmanSpencer Levin
Davis Love IIIBryden MacPhersonHunter Mahan
Steve MarinoDavid MathisTroy Matteson
Billy MayfairRory McIlroyGeorge McNeill
Phil MickelsonBryce MolderRyan Moore
Garth MulroyKevin NaSeung-yul Noh
Nick O'HernGeoff OgilvyLouis Oosthuizen
Jeff OvertonGreg OwenRod Pampling
Pat PerezCarl PetterssonScott Piercy
D.A. PointsKyle ReifersAndres Romero
Justin RoseRory SabbatiniCharl Schwartzel
Adam ScottJohn SendenWebb Simpson
Vijay SinghBrandt SnedekerKevin Stadler
Scott StallingsKyle StanleyBrendan Steele
Henrik StensonKevin StreelmanSteve Stricker
Chris StroudDaniel SummerhaysMichael Thompson
Cameron TringaleBo Van PeltJhonattan Vegas
Camilo VillegasJohnson WagnerJimmy Walker
Nick WatneyBubba WatsonBoo Weekley
Mike WeirCharlie WiMark Wilson
Gary WoodlandTiger WoodsBrendon de Jonge
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Rory McIlroy (1),Luke Donald (2),Tiger Woods (3),Justin Rose (4),Louis Oosthuizen (5),Adam Scott (7),Bubba Watson (8),Brandt Snedeker (10)8
TOP 25Webb Simpson (11),Keegan Bradley (12),Phil Mickelson (15),Steve Stricker (16),Nick Watney (17),Dustin Johnson (21),Bo Van Pelt (22),Charl Schwartzel (23),Ernie Els (24)9
TOP 50Hunter Mahan (26),Jim Furyk (27),Rickie Fowler (31),Carl Pettersson (32),Bill Haas (34),Nicolas Colsaerts (35),Branden Grace (36),Jason Day (37),John Senden (38),Robert Garrigus (39),Ryan Moore (40),Scott Piercy (42),K.J. Choi (48)13
TOP 100Geoff Ogilvy (56),Henrik Stenson (60),Greg Chalmers (65),Kevin Na (66),Sang-Moon Bae (67),Bud Cauley (69),John Huh (70),Kyle Stanley (74),Aaron Baddeley (75),Jonas Blixt (76),Ryo Ishikawa (77),Vijay Singh (79),Ben Crane (80),Brendon de Jonge (81),Ben Curtis (82),Jonathan Byrd (85),Michael Thompson (86),Marc Leishman (89),Mark Wilson (90),Jeff Overton (98)20
Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Par 72 | Yardage: 7244
HoleParYardageHoleParYardage
10447114470
11556724455
12318434401
13445543200
14436355527
15552964447
16320175563
17447883185
18444494412