Rory McIlroy does an Internet ad for the European Tour where he’s matching a wise-cracking robot shot for shot on a driving range. The targets are washing machines, because as a young lad, McIlroy once honed his short game by hitting balls into his mum’s front-loader. In the end, McIlroy confounds the contraption with a spectacular wedge shot into an elevated appliance, setting off a jackpot of exploding laundry. It’s an apt metaphor — McIlroy’s spot brilliance against the robot’s consistency. Now, as the 24-year-old World No. 2 heads into the British Open at Muirfield, he’s still searching for a little magic after putting himself through the ringer, caught in a spin cycle all season long. Padraig Harrington recently called his fellow Irishman and major winner an erratic genius. In other words, he is more Phil than Tiger. But, as NBC’s Johnny Miller said in a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he is also “a bit of a mess right now. “He’s hit the grand slam of things you have to watch out for when you’re at the top,” Miller said. To review, his season began with a controversial switch from Titleist to Nike equipment for a $100… Read full this story
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