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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland speaks during a press conference ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Wednesday July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Rory McIlroy shrugs off advice from Nick Faldo
British Open » McIlroy not bothered by current struggles.
First Published Jul 17 2013 09:03 am • Last Updated Jul 17 2013 11:08 pm

Gullane, Scotland • Rory McIlroy hasn’t gotten too worked up about his struggles this year.

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He certainly doesn’t need any advice from Nick Faldo.

McIlroy shrugged off a suggestion from the six-time major champion to spend more time concentrating on golf, saying Wednesday that Faldo "should know how hard this game is at times."

McIlroy won his second major title last summer with a runaway win at the PGA Championship, but the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland has been off his game this season after changing equipment. Heading into the British Open, some have also speculated that off-the-course activities have cut into his preparation time and mental sharpness.

Earlier this week, Faldo seemed to join that group when he urged McIlroy to spend the next two decades focused solely on his golf, calling it his "window of opportunity," before savoring all the benefits of being a multiple major champion.


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"What’s the big deal?" McIlroy said. "I haven’t had the best six months, but it’s OK. I’m fine. I’ve got a good life. So, you know, it doesn’t bother me. I’m in a good place. And as I said, I’m working hard. I feel like I’m working on the right things. And sooner or later it will turn around and I’ll be back lifting trophies."

Faldo said he believes McIlroy’s struggles are mainly mental.

"The most ideal thing is to go to the club, 9 in the morning, hit balls all day long, and you leave at 5," Sir Nick said. "Concentrate on golf, nothing else. Hopefully when you retire, in your 40s or 50s, hopefully you have another 40 years to enjoy it. So just concentrate on golf."

McIlroy said he intends to play 108 practice holes at Muirfield leading up to the Open, and he took a jab at Faldo’s proposed schedule.

"I actually was on the range at 6:15 (a.m.), and got out of the gym at 6:15 (p.m.) — actually a 12-hour day compared to his eight-hour day," McIlroy said. "Nick should know how hard this game is at times. He’s been in our position before. He should know how much work that we all put into it."

McIlroy said he doesn’t feel as though his game is that far off.

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