Rory McIlroy had mixed emotions after seeing another opportunity to end his major drought end in disappointment in the US Open, while Seamus Power was emboldened after his "steady" performance at the difficult Brookline layout.

The 2022 US Open represented another strong showing for the Irish contingent, even though Shane Lowry wound up narrowly missing his first cut in 12 major championship starts.

McIlroy went into the final round at The Country Club three shots off the lead and made the ideal start with a birdie on the first, but carded a total of three birdies and four bogeys in his first 11 holes to effectively end his chances.

Birdies on the 14th and 15th helped McIlroy complete a closing 69 and share fifth place with Open champion Collin Morikawa, meaning he has finished second, eighth and fifth in this year's majors.

Asked if he would take any positives away from the week, McIlroy – whose last major win was the 2014 US PGA – said: "Yeah, the game’s there. Another top five in a major; I guess doesn’t really mean anything.

"I’ve got one more start next week in Hartford before I go to the Open Championship. I’ll get two weeks of good rest before the Open and play some links golf and prepare and look forward to that.

"Again, my game’s in good shape. I’ve got one more chance this year to try to get that major.

"It’s still not quite close enough. There was a few holes there today where I made the birdie and then made bogey at the next. To win golf tournaments you just can’t do that.

"I’ll look back at this as another missed opportunity just as Southern Hills (venue for the US PGA) was, but missed opportunities are better than not contending at all. So that is a positive.

"I have to stay patient at this point because if I just keep putting myself in position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to get one."

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, McIlroy said "I'm good enough to win another major championship, it's just a matter of keeping myself in position and keep doing the right things.

"It was a bit topsy-turvy, a bit of a rollercoaster. But a third major of the year gone and I've had two good opportunities. At least I'm contending at the business end of the leaderboard again in these big tournaments, so that's a positive."

"I loved the course right from the get-go"

For Seamus Power, it was a third highly creditable showing in the majors in 2022, following up in his top-10 finish in the PGA Championship in Southern Hills with a tied-12th placing in Brookline.

"Very enjoyable week. I loved the course right from the get-go," Power told RTÉ Sport afterwards. "Good test, it was a nice fair test and I was happy to be somewhere close to contention on Sunday.

"It wasn't quite meant to be but overall very steady. You never know how you're going to react in a situation like this, a US Open set-up.

"It's nice to know that you're able to play it. And I'm looking forward to getting back into a position like this in the following years."

With additional reporting from PA