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McIlroy eager to cash in

Rory McIlroy is determined to make the most of Tiger Woods being down and, for the time being at least, out as well.

Woods has not won a title since November 2008 and has been out of action since mid-May because of knee and Achilles injuries. He has yet to decide whether he is fit enough for The Open on July 14-17.

"It's a good time for me to win things when he's not playing his best," said 22-year-old McIlroy on Sky Sports News.

He added: "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."

The Northern Irishman won his first major title at the US Open by eight shots and with a record 16 under par total in Washington.

"To have these 10 days off is very nice - now I can try to win The Open," McIlroy said.

"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."

The youngster is now part of an unprecedented 1-2-3 for UK golfers at the top of the world rankings with Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

"We saw Lee get to number one in the world and Luke has been very consistent for the last two years," he said. "We're working hard to beat one another and strive to be better than everyone else."

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