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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
McIlroy dived right into that $250 million cesspool. And now the one thing he needs more than an overinflated bank account— his golf game—is seriously sick. He admitted as much during The Open Championship when he said he felt “brain dead” out on course. “Sometimes I feel like I’m walking around out there unconscious,” McIlroy said of his state of mind as he self- destructed in the first round at Muirfield, carding an 8-over 79 and ending his chances before the tournament had even got going. But he wasn’t unconscious. Quite the opposite, in fact: “I felt I got off to a decent start. Gave myself a couple of chances early on, made a couple of silly mental errors on four and five, dropped shots there. Made a great two on seven to get it back, had a chance for even par on nine. And then, yeah, the start of the back nine obviously wasn’t very good. I hit the right rough, which is fine but I made bogey. And then 11, you know, another three-putt there, a stupid mental error hitting it so far past. And then I let it get away, going left of the pin at 12. I let it all get away.” That was his summary of that first round. Unconscious? No. Rambling uncontrollably and helplessly clutching at ways to explain his slide? Absolutely. “I just need to think more. I’m trying to focus and trying to concentrate,” he went on to say. Judging by his first round appraisal, more thinking is about the last thing he needs, but such is the health of Rory’s game at the minute that there are no simple cures. So where has it all gone wrong for Rory? What happened to the young man who last year was ranked as the best player in the world for scoring down the stretch, but this year can’t even crack the top 100 for keeping it low on the back nine? COVER “SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’M WALKING AROUND OUT THERE UNCONSCIOUS.” When Rory signed a reported $250 million contract with Nike in January, the then world No.1 had the world at his feet. Eight months on and his game looks legless.
July 2013 - THE OPEN