‘What the f*** are you doing?’
He was 5-over par through the first six holes and his British Open title quest appeared highly likely to be over before it began.
“I was nervous going out,” McIlroy said. “I was a little anxious, timid, probably just not as much belief in myself as I should have had. JP (Fitzgerald, his caddie) gave me a good talking on the (sixth) tee box, and sort of reminded me of where I was. That helped, that got me back in a positive frame of mind.”