Below par McIlroy tells Faldo: “You should know better”

OFF-FORM world No2 Rory McIlroy has reacted angrily to advice from six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, urging the Northern Irishman to improve his focus with the Open set to begin at Muirfield today.

Faldo suggested on Tuesday that too many distractions off the course had contributed to a string of poor performances on the course for McIlroy, who has missed the cut twice in the last four tournaments he has entered.

However, the 24-year-old believes Faldo, 55, is experienced enough to know better.

“He said I should be on the course nine to five. I actually was on the range at 6.15am and got out of the gym at 6.15pm,” said McIlroy, who tees off alongside Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and 2011 Open runner-up Phil Mickelson this morning.

“Nick should know how hard this game is at times.

“He’s been in our position before and he should know how much work that we all do put into it.

“I haven’t had the best six months, but it’s ok, I’m fine, I’ve got a good life. I’m working hard on the right things and sooner of later it will turn around and I’ll be back lifting trophies.”