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McIlroy dismisses Major-winner's advice

Despite the majority of the golfing world continuing to bemoan the Nike deal World No2 Rory McIlroy signed at the beginning of the season, and more specifically, his dismal season thus far in 2013, the Northern Irish superstar has dismissed his critics.

Particularly one knight of the golfing realm, six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo.

Faldo has never been backward in coming forward in his critcisms of McIlroy's lucrative swap from Titleist to Nike as his equipment suppliers, and had called the move "dangerous" at the time.

The Englishman's latest bugbear with McIlroy, with the British Open beginning this week, is that he is not mentally focused in his preparations.'

'The most ideal thing is to go to the club, 9 in the morning, hit balls all day long, and you leave at 5,'' Sir Nick said. ''Concentrate on golf, nothing else. Hopefully when you retire, in your 40s or 50s, hopefully you have another 40 years to enjoy it. So just concentrate on golf.''

In previous critiques, the 24-year-old two-time major winner will let that kind of thing slide, but this one seems to have hit a nerve.

''I actually was on the range at 6:15 (a.m.), and got out of the gym at 6:15 (p.m.) - actually a 12-hour day compared to his eight-hour day,'' McIlroy said. ''Nick should know how hard this game is at times. He's been in our position before. He should know how much work that we all put into it.''

''It's like life,'' he said. ''You're going to go through highs and you're going to go through lows. It's just about trying to work your way out of the lows. Yeah, I haven't played my best golf this year, but I've showed signs that it is there. It's just a matter of trying to do that more often. But, yeah, it's been difficult to try, I guess, to explain why I'm not playing well or why I haven't had the results that I've wanted over the past six months.''

A good result at Muirfield, which hosts the British major this weekend, would be the ideal way for McIlroy to shut up his critics for the foreseeable future, and get the multi-million dollar monkey of his back that the Nike deal increasingly has become.

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