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No excuses if I flop at Irish Open, says Rory McIlroy


By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy admits he will have "no excuses" for not performing well in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

McIlroy won the title in 2016 but has missed the cut in four of the last five years, during which time he has had to juggle his duties as tournament host of the £5.3m event.

"I've cut back from a few things off the golf course," the Ulsterman said ahead of teeing off at Ballyliffin today. "It's not that we're not doing them, I'm just maybe not as involved in some of the stuff.

"There's been a couple of times where I just haven't felt as prepared as I could have been walking onto the first tee on Thursday. So I got here Monday morning, practiced Monday afternoon and all day yesterday.

"I've done my work, there's no excuse about being prepared or not. I've learned that as I've gone along. I felt I was under-prepared at Royal County Down (in 2015). I felt okay at The K Club, I guess. I've learned as I've gone along and I feel this year I'm right where I need to be."

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