Last Updated: 22/07/12 3:23pm
Rory McIlroy: among the front-runners after an opening 67
Rory McIlroy vowed to remain patient in his quest for more majors as he reflected on a disappointing Open Championship campaign at Royal Lytham.
The world No.2 was among the front-runners after an opening 67, but plummeted down the leadboard after rounds of 75 and 73 before closing with another 73 on a lacklustre final day.
The 23-year-old bogeyed the second and fourth either side of an ugly six at the third, although he recovered with two back-nine birdies before finishing at eight over par.
"It wasn't the start that I wanted to get off to, four-over through four," he said. "I wanted to get off to a fast start on Saturday and Sunday and did the complete opposite. I was struggling early.
"Overall I'm obviously very disappointed because I felt like I was coming in here playing pretty well. I had a really nice first round, set myself up well for the week and then just started to struggle.
"It's hard when you're trying to just get that little bit of momentum and you try to force it and you're maybe trying too hard and things don't go your way, and that sort of happened this week.
"I think the thing for me now is to stay patient. It's a 20-year career, so I'm not going to get too wound up just over a few weeks.
"I've got to keep working away, plugging away, working hard and working on the right things and eventually it will come around.
"If it doesn't happen over the next couple of weeks, no big deal."
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