Rory McIlroy must avoid a Friday collapse at British Open

Rory McIlroy lines up his putt on the 14th green at the British Open in Hoylake, England,...

Rory McIlroy lines up his putt on the 14th green at the British Open in Hoylake, England, yesterday. McIlroy has a one-shot lead over Matteo Manassero. (Reuters)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

Rory could be the story at the British Open this week.

It just depends on whether the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland starts to ‘second guess’ himself or not.

McIlroy carded six birdies and no bogeys for a sparkling round of 66 at Royal Liverpool on Thursday.

But it’s not the first time the world No. 8 has put together a great opening round in a British Open and then followed it up with a poor second day.

And it’s not the first time this season on the PGA and European tours he has done the same.

Just last week at the Scottish Open, McIlroy opened with a course-record 64 before ballooning to a 78.

In the 2007 Open at Carnoustie he went 68-76, in 2009 he went 69-74 at Turnberry, he went 63-80 at St. Andrews in 2010 when he led after the first round, and in 2012 at Lytham St Annes he went 67-75. Not very conducive to winning an Open, or any other tournament for that matter.


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