The Open 2013: Struggling Rory McIlroy can find form at any time

Last Updated: 18/07/13 6:23pm

  • Share:
McIlroy: not won since victory at DP World Tour Championship in November

McIlroy: not won since victory at DP World Tour Championship in November

Denis Pugh says Rory McIlroy can find his form at any minute - despite carding an eight-over-par 79 on day one of the Open Championship at Muirfield

McIlroy won the 2011 US Open and last summer's USPGA Championship but has failed to seize a title this year and been overhauled by 14-time Major victor Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings.

The Ulsterman, whose best finish at an Open Championship was his tie for third at St Andrews in 2010, accrued six bogeys and two double bogeys in his first round in East Lothian on Thursday.

But Sky Sports pundit Pugh, who coaches Italy's Francesco Molinari, reckons McIlroy could soon re-discover his golden touch.

"Rory is just an enigma right now," he told Sky Sports News HD.

Talented

"Even old sages like myself don't know what is happening with Rory as his game is nowhere near where it should be.

"But he is Rory and he is so talented and you think that at any moment he could click his fingers and it could come back."

"With this warm weather the greens are going to go very hard and it will be tough to get on the green with your approach."
Denis Pugh

Ian Poulter posted a one-over-par 72 in his opening round in Scotland and subsequently Tweeted: "Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face."

And Pugh says he understands why the 37-year-old Englishman was so frustrated.

"The conditions are hard and fast - I saw that when I watched Francesco - and playing par golf is tough," he said. "Clown faces is harsh but there will be some red faces if this keeps up.

"With this warm weather the greens are going to go very hard and it will be tough to get [the ball] on the green with your approach - and staying on the green with your first putt."

  • Share:

Related

142nd Open Championship

Sunningdale Golf Course: unveiled as one of four venues for Open Championship final qualifying

Open qualifying at Sunningdale

The New Course at Sunningdale has been unveiled as one of four venues for Open Championship final qualifying.

Bradley: the American could fire at Firestone, says Rob

Bradley's Kee time

America's Keegan Bradley has had a so-so season, says Rob Lee, but that could be about to change...

Lee Westwood: Won't dwell on latest near-miss in the majors

Westwood looks to next major

Lee Westwood has vowed to bounce back from his Open agony by mounting a strong challenge at next month's USPGA.

Most Popular

Features

Perth International preview

Perth International preview

A preview and best bets for this week's European Tour event - the Perth International in Australia.

Best yet to come for Lefty

Best yet to come for Lefty

Phil Mickelson’s short game coach Dave Pelz told Sky Sports his man is set to have one of his best ever seasons.

Sam: I'm not the man

Sam: I'm not the man

Sam Torrance says he is too detached from the European Tour to captain in the Ryder Cup again.