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'Lost' McIlroy unsure how to end slump

ESPN staff
June 28, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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After toiling in the first round of the Irish Open, Rory McIlroy has admitted to feeling 'lost' and unsure of how to arrest his slump in form.

The world No. 2 had four bogeys and two birdies in wet and overcast conditions at Carton House on the outskirts of Dublin. McIlroy hit only five of 14 fairways and took 34 putts.

Much has been made of McIlroy's lucrative switch to Nike equipment. He has maintained the clubs are not the issue, but he cannot translate his form from the range to the course.

"At the moment, no aspects of my game are strong and I'm just feeling a bit lost at the moment," he said. "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.

"The game is just not coming easy to me at the moment and while I was struggling at this point last year, I was able to turn the corner in the middle of the summer and have a great end to my season.

"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."

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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