Aberdeen: The second-round jinx that has afflicted Rory McIlroy this season struck once again at the Scottish Open on Friday when he followed up a course-record 64 with a 7-over 78 that left him just above the cut mark.
McIlroy has failed to build on fast starts in a frustrating first half of 2014 and it is now becoming a mental issue for the former world No. 1.
“Having to talk about it, it’s always being brought up, it’s sort of in your mind,” McIlroy said. “Maybe I put myself under even more pressure to get off to a decent start and shoot a good score.”
“Well, it's another Friday out of the way,” McIlroy added, laughing. “Now I can go onto the weekend.”
McIlroy has shot first-round 63s three times this season - at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, the Honda Classic in March and the Memorial Tournament last month - and not gone on to win the event.
At the Memorial, he shot 78 in the second round and he shot a 70 in Dubai. At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, he followed up an opening 69 with a 76.