Rory McIlroy has admitted that ‘he’s feeling lost’ with his game after his disappointing run continued carding a 2-over round of 74 in the opening round of the 2013 Irish Open at Carlton House in Kildare.
“No aspects of my game are strong and I’m just feeling a bit lost,” McIlroy said post round. “It feels good on the range and I can hit all the shots but when I get out on the course it really does not seem to be there.”
“Off the tee, I am missing one right and then missing one left and it’s just not going where I want it. It gets you in two minds every time you are playing a tee shot.”
“I don’t know whether it’s a matter of trying to play my way out of it or just keep grinding away on the range or whatever.”
The year promised so much for McIlroy after a strong finish to 2012, which saw him clinch the number one world ranking and sign a multi million dollar sponsorship with Nike but he’s failed to deliver.
Whether the new clubs are to blame or not, but I doubt it, McIlroy has yet to win at all this season and hasn’t looked like contending in a Major but like last year, he may be able to reverse his form in the second half of the year.
A bogey free round of -6 (66) from Swede, Oscar Floren saw him take the lead from local Shane Lowry who posted -5 from his morning tee-time.
Floren’s round included 4 birdies and an eagle after he holed his second shot on the Par 4, 13th hole.
“I played great today and it was nice to get off to a good start again,” Floren told Sky Sports. “I’ve had good starts the last couple of weeks but this was very good.”
The in-form Thomas Bjorn kept his hot streak in tact, with a 4-under round of 68 which included two bogeys. Other local hopes Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington kept themselves in the mix with 1-under rounds of 71.