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Rory McIlroy insists he must be patient in search of Irish Open glory

Improvement needed: Rory McIlroy
Improvement needed: Rory McIlroy
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy believes patience will be a virtue at Ballyliffin this weekend as he goes in search of his second Irish Open title on the Glashedy Links.

McIlroy added a one-over 73 to his first round of 70 to sit at one-under for the competition after the second round.

However, it was another day where things didn't go as well as the 29-year old would have liked as he bogeyed his final two holes on his way in.

On top of that, McIlroy was again struggling on the greens, but he refused to believe that forcing the matter would be the right course of action ahead of the final two rounds.

"The way (the course) is playing right now, it's great. It's the way a links should play," McIlroy said.

"It's firm and fast. You have to think about where you're landing your golf ball and what you're hitting off tees and even giving yourself angles into some of these tight hole locations.

"(It) tested my patience, obviously. Mumbling a bit from myself going from the 18th green to the first tee after that putt. One of those things.

"I'm here for the weekend and at least give myself an opportunity to go out tomorrow and shoot a low one.

"It's just a matter of being patient, hitting fairways, hitting greens, giving yourself chances and if you can get a few to drop early on, then hopefully you get a bit of momentum from that."

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