Irish Open 2013 – Golf: McIlroy encouraged despite missed cut


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Rory McIlroy is adamant he can rediscover his form before the The Open Championship after missing another cut – this time at the Irish Open.

The world number two has struggled throughout the year since changing his clubs from Titleist to Nike and once again looked somewhat out of sorts at Carton House as rounds of 74 and 72 saw him finish on two-over for the opening two days to miss out on the weekend by a stroke.

Questions had surrounded his form throughout the build-up to the event in County Kildare and the doubts certainly haven’t been dispelled by his display.

He is now expected to spend plenty of time on the range as he looks to find some extra inspiration in preparation for July’s Open at the notoriously difficult Muirfield.

Despite his disappointing display, McIlroy insists he did see signs of encouragement at Carton House and believes that after few weeks of hard work, he will arrive in East Lothian in good enough form to mount a serious challenge for the Claret Judge.

“I guess as well on the range you get more than one chance, on the golf course you’ve only got one chance to hit the shot and you’ve got to make most of it,” the former world number one said.

“But there were definitely a few good signs out there so I’ll just do a good bit of work over the next couple of weeks and try and get ready for The Open.

“It’s fine, I just need to work on my game, keep doing the right things out there, keep putting the work in.”

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