Rory McIlroy: "I don't know what you can do"
By mustang6560 on 7/18/13
As Bob Harig noted, the frustration continues for Rory McIlroy, who opened with an 8-over-par 79 in the first round of the Open Championship.
"It's strange, I mean, I wish I could stand up here and tell you guys what's wrong or what I need to do to make it right, because I feel like I've got the shots," McIlroy said afterward. "It's just a matter of going through the right process to hit them and that's something that I obviously haven't been doing recently.

"I don't know what you can do. You've just got to try and play your way out of it. But it's nothing to do with technique. It's all mental out there. And then I just need to concentrate, obviously. But sometimes I feel like I'm walking around out there and I'm unconscious. I just need to try to think more. I'm trying to focus and trying to concentrate. I can't really fathom it at the minute, and it's hard to stand up here and tell you guys what's really wrong."
The funny (and possibly ironic) thing about Rory's 79 is it was matched by Sir Nick Faldo, who criticized the youngster ahead of the 142nd Open Championship saying:
"You have a window of opportunity," said Faldo, who works as an analyst for CBS and the Golf Channel. "That's my only words of wisdom to Rory. You have, say, a 20-year window as an athlete. Hopefully when you retire, 40s, 50s, hopefully you have 40 years to enjoy it. So just concentrate on golf."
Rory is 13 strokes behind the current first round leader Zach Johnson, who opened with an impressive 5-under-par 66. At the moment, the Northern Irishman is in danger of missing the cut in the Open Championship for the first time in his career.

It's frustrating difficult to watch Rors. He seems to be making poor decisions on the golf course. For example, on the par-4 14, coming off of a birdie on the par-3 13th, he hits driver off the tee, which leaked right into the tall rough. Phil Mickelson steps up next and stripes an iron right down the fairway. Rory was able to recover from the rough (lucky) and had a look at birdie, but the point remains — why is he hitting driver in a situation when he doesn't need to?

If I was JP Fitzgerald, Rory's caddie, I'd take drive and 3-wood out of his bag and make him hit 2-iron or less off every tee. Get the ball in play, Rors!


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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
Perhaps instead of the "Next Tiger", he is the next David Duval...
7/18/13
 
mustang6560 says:
Rory is already better than David. He has two majors to DD's one.
7/18/13
 
mjaber says:
@mustang... but at this moment the parallels are there. Become #1 in the world. Sign big contract with Nike.

How Rory responds will be telling. Right now, he's following the same path Duval took.
7/18/13
 
srogers13 says:
Duval won with Nike, his game went off the rails when he hurt himself snowboarding or skiing or something like that.
7/18/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Let's not forget that Rory switched literally every product involved in his golf game. Not just the clubs--balls, shoes, clothes, belt, hat, gloves, sunglasses. Probably socks and underwear too. Tees is probably the only thing he hasn't changed. It is no wonder he is not feeling like himself.
7/18/13
 
mjaber says:
@srogers.... true, but it was right after he (re)signed a massive deal with Nike that, due to injuries, his game went off the rails. Perhaps there is a Nike curse if your name isn't Tiger?
7/19/13
 
mjaber says:
I know, it's a "Madden Curse" parallel, and very "conspiracy theory-esque", but it's a little strange, don't you think?
7/19/13
 
mmontisano says:
what about Charl Schwartzel? he's in the Nike clan and continually near the top of leader boards. I can see him adding more majors to his green jacket.

there are other examples like Cink, Immelman and Lucas Glover, but they aren't Nike anymore.
7/19/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
$$$$$
7/20/13
 
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