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McIlroy looks to end slump at British Open

Rory McIlroy said his recent slump is merely "a blip on the radar", and he feels that the British Open at Royal Lytham will be the major that can help turn his game around.

“Everyone has bad spells, and I had a couple of bad weeks where I didn't play so well," McIlroy said. "But it's just a little blip on the radar, and I feel like I'm swinging well again. And I feel like this will be a great week to play well.”

Despite growing up in Northern Ireland and learning his game on links courses, the young Ulsterman has a preference for the American courses - his greatest result at the 2011 U.S. Open - and is not a keen player of wet weather golf.

Indeed, after last year's Open at Royal St. Georges, he remarked that the links game was "not my sort of golf."

During a media conference yesterday, McIlroy tried to put those comments into context.

“Those comments were just pure frustration,” McIlroy said Tuesday. “Having really high expectations going into it, coming off a major win, really wanting to play well and get into contention, and not doing that.

And blaming the weather, blaming the draw, blaming my luck, basically. And that was just frustration. Looking back on it a year later, I just didn't play well enough to get into contention and didn't handle the conditions as best as I could have.”

Lack of preparation won't be an excuse this time out, McIlroy has hit the practice rounds with gusto.

In one single ball round, alongside good friend and countryman Graeme McDowell, McIlroy played the back nine in four under par.

“I feel like I'm hitting the ball great,” McIlroy said. “I think it's the best I've swung the club all year. I've done a lot of work on that. As I said, it's keeping the ball in play, keeping it out of the bunkers and out of the rough.

Not only if I can do that, but if anyone can do that in this field, they've got a great chance.”

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