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Rory McIlroy was ready to get some help after a fat 42 on the back nine almost surely put him out of contention in the British Open barely after it began.
Not with his swing. With his mind.
''Sometimes I feel like I'm walking out there and I'm unconscious,'' McIlroy said.
McIlroy imploded with a startling series of missed shots on the back nine Thursday on his way to a 7-over 79 that demonstrated just how much the former No. 1 player in the world is struggling with his game. He was a staggering 13 shots off the lead even though he felt he hit the ball decently all day.
It left him talking about seeing a sports psychologist to figure out why he can't score like he used to even after doing everything he could to make his game work.
''It's a very alien feeling,'' McIlroy said. ''It's something I've never had to deal with before.''
McIlroy seemed bewildered after a round of missed opportunities, missed putts a...
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As has been standard operating procedure for the young man for some time now, Rory McIlroy once again struggled mightily during tournament play on Thursday during the first round of the British Open at Muirfield. Rory carded a 79 during a disastrous round, leaving him already eight over par after eighteen holes, thirteen strokes behind [...]The post Rory McIlroy putts across entire...
Rory McIlroy responded to Nick Faldo's critique that he isn't devoted enough to golf, saying about his struggles, "Nick should know how hard this game is at times."
Rory McIlroy hasn't gotten too worked up about his struggles this year.
He certainly doesn't need any advice from Nick Faldo.
McIlroy shrugged off a suggestion from the six-time major champion to spend more time concentrating on golf, saying Wednesday that Faldo ''should know how hard this game is at times.''
McIlroy won his second major title last summer...
Suffice to say, this was not the start that Rory McIlroy wanted.
The 24-year-old Northern Irishman shot a 79 in his opening round of the British Open on Thursday, putting the weekend in serious doubt. But there was one moment, in particular, that stands out on an embarrassing day.
On the 15th hole at Muirfield, a 448-yard par-4, McIlroy decided to put his ball from the fringe, as...
It's hard to believe any professional athlete woke up for Friday's morning coffee and wanted nothing more than to sic the dog on the paperboy more than Rory McIlroy when he saw the headlines.
Kate and William's royal bundle of joy can't come soon enough for the slumping Irishman.
The Fleet Street tabloids jumped all over the golfer's "brain dead"...
From a high of winning the U.S. Open to a low of missing the cut at a British Open, Justin Rose has gone through the whole range of golfing emotions in the space of a month.
Rose joined a list of high-profile players that won't be at Muirfield this weekend after shooting 6-over 77 on Friday to finish on 10 over after two rounds.
The cut was made at 8 over, meaning Luke Donald...
Rory McIlroy has gotten off to a disastrous start at this years British Open, firing a 79 in the first round. It’s quite surprising considering he’s from Northern Ireland you would think he would know how to handle the links in Europe. His most impressive came on the 15th when he decided to putt from the fringe. The ball looked like it was close to going in but it kept going...
Statistically speaking, Rory McIlroy is still the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world.
But to watch the 24-year-old, two-time major winner slog through two brutal rounds at the British Open this week, you'd never know it.
While most of the attention at Muirfield has been on world No. 1 Tiger Woods and his quest for an elusive 15th major championship, his supposed rival McIlroy...
Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose headline those that missed the cut at the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on Friday.
With the cut coming at 8-over 150, 84 of the original 156-man field made the cut, the highest cut since 2008 that fell at 9 over at Royal Birkdale.
McIlroy shot an 8-over 79 on Thursday and made it clear his chances...
Rory McIlroy’s struggles on the PGA Tour this season have been well documented, and they continued during the first round of the British Open on Thursday morning. McIlroy shot a 79 in the opening round at Muirfield to finish at 8-over on the day. At one point, he even putted the ball into a bunker. [...]
Rory McIlroy shot an opening round 79 at Muirfield for The Open Championship and if you’re wondering what went wrong, this GIF is his round summed up in one shot.
Rory McIlroy finds commentary on his game, and his personal life,
abundant at Open.
To be the best in the world at something you have to be clutch. You have to be able to make the play, sink the shot, make the catch, nail the putt--the list could go on and on. The bottom line is you have to get the job done when you should, but even more importantly when you should not.
Like Tiger Woods does (most of the time), and Rory McIlroy wishes he could do more.