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Faldo insinuated on Monday that McIlroy shouldn’t be letting issues such as club changes, management switches and his relationship with tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki divert his focus.
The Northern Irish kid took a five iron to Faldo’s jibes and said: “I saw he said I should be at the course nine to five.
“I was actually on the range at 6:15am and got out of the gym at 6:15pm. A 12 hour day compared to his eight hour day.
“Nick should know how hard this game is at times. He has been in our position before.
hollister uk “It seems like a few guys have forgotten in a short space of time how hard you have to work.”
For McIlroy, it seems defending himself has become a regular occurrence. At times, some of the stick has been ludicrous.
At 24, McIlroy has two Majors in the bag and is a former world No.1. More importantly, from the day he burst on to the scene, he has been an ambassador for the game.
Young and fearless, he helped changed the image hollister uk of golf being played by boring old men in tweed trousers who shuffle into a grand male only clubhouse for a sherry.
McIlroy also has a charm about him. You can bet your last Nike ball marker there won’t be a kid on the grounds this week who won’t get his cherished autograph if they ask.
In fact, the only time anyone can recall the world No.2 turning down requests was two years ago at Sandwich, when the adults trying to get to him were crushing kids against railings.
In an age when sportsmen can easily disappear up behind their own tail feathers, McIlroy is the type who refused an invite to join Tiger Woods for a practice round on Tuesday because he had made a promise to old Walker Cup buddy Lloyd Saltman.
Which pretty much makes the constant chirping around him seem petty and vindictive.
McIlroy would be well within his rights to blow up at the snipers but you sense he’s only bothered by what those close to him feel.
While the golf obsessed Faldo saw three marriages end in divorce, McIlroy seems to place as much as importance on family and friends as his career.
He doesn’t hide the fact it has been a tricky time but said: “It’s like life. You’re going to go through highs and lows.
“Yeah, I haven’t played my best golf this year, but I’ve showed signs that it is there. Sooner or later it will turn around and I’ll play golf that’s capable of winning Majors.
“You need to have confidence you are doing the right things.”
Poignantly, he then added: “What’s the big deal? I haven’t had the best six months but I have a good life. Criticism doesn’t bother me. I’m in a good place.”
McIlroy, of course, has a Nike stablemate who has seen it all before. If anyone can tell you how to cope with a massive change in fortunes, it’s Woods.
Tiger, as well as the likes of Phil Mickelson, has been hugely supportive of McIlroy this week.
The Northern Irishman said: “Tiger, probably more than anyone else in sport, has been scrutinised and criticised.
“He has worked his way back up and now he’s the best in the world again. He stuck by it and proved a lot of people w hollister uk rong.”
This morning McIlroy gets his Open bid under way, hoping to use some of the things learned from a 15 year career video archive. McIlroy and dad Gerry go through the tapes from time to time picking the best bits and trying to recreate them.
He said: “I don’t want to swing like I was nine years old again but we have those swings and you go back to basics.”
It was a comment about father and son working together which told you everything about the type of person McIlroy is.