Rory McILroy shoots 79, putts into a bunker

Brian Foyd
Brian Floyd

Rory McIlroy can’t catch a break this year.  He shot an 8-over par 79 during the first round of the Open Championship Thursday at Muirfield.

The No. 2-ranked golfer in the world hasn’t won a tournament since November.

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.”

McIlroy double-bogeyed the 12th hole, then double-bogeyed the 15th after he putted a ball off the green and into a bunker.

“That’s just thoughtless,” he said. “It’s just so brain-dead. Seriously, I feel like I’ve been walking around out there like that for the last couple of months. I’m trying to get out of it. I just don’t quite know why.”

At least McIlroy didn’t snap his six-iron in half like Charl Schwartzel.

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