Nightmare start for under fire Rory McIlroy at the British Open

McIlroy struck back at his critics on Wednesday, insisting his game was "heading in the right direction" on the eve of the Open and asking "what's the big deal?" about his recent slump.

updated: July 18, 2013 18:27 IST
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Gullane, United Kingdom: World number two Rory McIlroy endured a horror start to this year's British Open, collapsing to five over par by the 12th hole, already 10 shots off the early lead held by American Zach Johnson.

While others tore up the front nine on a fast but fair Muirfield course, McIlroy struggled to the turn in one over before two consecutive bogeys followed by a double bogey on the 379-yard, par-4 12th.

It was the worst possible start for a player looking to silence those who think he is somehow distracted and not fully focused on his golf.

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