Rory McIlroy might want to make sure he's not dead. After all, McIlroy said he felt "lost" after opening with 2-over 74 to start the 2013 Irish Open at Carton House G.C.
That score puts McIlroy seven shots behind early leader, friend and playing partner Shane Lowry.
"At the moment, no aspects of my game are strong and I'm just feeling a bit lost at the moment," McIlroy 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."
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The card looks pretty plain for the world No. 2 -- four bogeys, two birdies -- but McIlroy's words after the round made his game sound in much more dismal shape.
"Off the tee, I am missing one right and then missing one left and it's just not going where I want it," he said. "It gets you in two minds every time you are playing a tee shot."
Nonetheless, McIlroy has evidence that his game can turn on a dime -- or a pence. Last year, McIlroy struggled mightily in May and June before blowing the field away to win the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island.
"The game is just not coming easy to me at the moment and while I was struggling at this point last year," he said, "I was able to turn the corner in the middle of the summer and have a great end to my season."