LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - A glum Rory McIlroy says he has lost faith in his swing after posting a third-round 73 to knock him out of the running for the British Open.
The second-ranked Northern Irishman arrived at Lytham optimistic about his chances of capturing a second major after winning the U.S. Open last year.
But McIlroy put his problems down to ``just lack of consistency with my swing. Whenever you're not confident in the shots that you're trying to hit, then it's tough to sort of trust it.''
McIlroy is 5 over par, 15 shots off the lead.
His game has been in a rut since missing the cut at The Players Championship in May. He has failed to make the weekend in three other events since then, including the U.S. Open.