McIlroy promises to 'go down swinging' at Carnoustie
The Northern Irishman thinks he was too tentative in the first two majors of the year, and promised to make sure it does not happen again.
Rory McIlroy has promised to "go down swinging" at Carnoustie after a second straight two-under-par 69 at the British Open on Friday.
The four-times major champion endured a disappointing Sunday at the Masters, where he finished equal fifth after starting the final round in second place, and also hit a miserable opening round 80 at the U.S. Open that led to a missed cut.
"Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve because even if I hadn't won but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier," said McIlroy, who trails clubhouse leader Zach Johnson by two strokes at Carnoustie.
"Focusing on the results too much ... not focusing on the process, I've sometimes forgotten that and just need to get back in that mindset.
"One of my main thoughts is just to let it go, just go out there and give it your all and I'd rather fail by trying 100 percent than by holding back and not giving myself the opportunity to do well."
Giving it your all does not mean playing with wild abandon, however.
He used his driver only six times, adjusting his strategy to the conditions on a day when the ball was not flying as far through the air.
McIlroy, without a major win since the 2014 PGA Championship, does not envisage a round in the low 60s over the weekend, but believes the mid 60s is feasible.
"I don't see a ridiculously low score out there, but I definitely see something like what Tommy shot today, a 66 or 65, I think I'm capable of that."
Tommy Fleetwood carded 65 on Friday.
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