McIlroy needs to banish that sinking Friday feeling

Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:42am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy needs to start playing a few tricks on his mind in order to eliminate that sinking Friday feeling he has been experiencing, the former world number one said on Tuesday.

Last week was typical of the bad habit that has been stalling the Northern Irishman's progress in recent tournaments.

McIlroy opened with a pacesetting 64 in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen only to drop down the field like a stone with a seven-over-par 78 in the second round.

Asked by reporters at the British Open at Royal Liverpool if he felt it was starting to become a recurring problem, he replied: "Yes it does. It's one that I'd like to stop this week.

"It's more that I just get it in my head and I may be putting a bit too much pressure on myself on Fridays in trying to back up a good score.

"I have no problem shooting a low one on Thursdays so there should be no reason I have any problem shooting a low one on Fridays. I need to go out and pretend like it's a Thursday again."

The twice major winner, however, said the positives far outweighed the negatives at Royal Aberdeen.

"I'm glad I played in Scotland," added the eighth-ranked McIlroy. "I feel as prepared as I ever have coming into a British Open because I played four competitive rounds on a links course and played in some different conditions.   Continued...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland listens to questions during a news conference ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014.   REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton