Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy spent some time outlining how he plans to combat his debilitating second-day syndrome but inconsistencies in the argument suggested he needs to convince himself more than he does the world’s media.
The Northern Irishman seems to have developed an unhelpful habit of being great on Thursday and poor on Friday.
Last week at the Scottish Open he carded a course-record 64 on the first day at Royal Aberdeen but followed up with a 78.
A repeat at Royal Liverpool this week would be disastrous to his hopes of winning the Claret Jug as the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse on Friday and anyone not on top of their game is likely to be blown off course.
“It’s one (problem) that I’d like to try to stop this week. I think it is,” said McIlroy, whose first-round scoring average of just under 68 leads the PGA Tour but his second-round average is almost five shots worse.
“It’s more I just got it into my head and I may be putting a bit too much pressure on myself, going out on Fridays and trying to back up a score.
“I have no problem shooting a low one on Thursday, there should be no reason I have any problem shooting a low one on Friday.
“I think I just got into my head. It’s something that I need to go out and pretend like it’s a Thursday again or go out and just....I don’t know, but it’s more going out and thinking about it and really trying to get off to a solid start instead of just going out and trying.
“Just play and play a few solid holes and get your round under way that way.
“Hopefully this week I can start to turn that second-round thing around and start shooting some better scores,” he added.