Title: The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy may turn to psychologist to halt slump • World No2 McIlroy hits disastrous eight-over-par 79 • 'It's all mental. I just need to think more'
Description: Rory McIlroy has offered the most revelatory insight yet into his state of mind, by admitting that he feels "brain dead" and "unconscious" on the golf course. McIlroy's poor 2013 continued with an opening round of 79 at the Open Championship. At eight over par, he faces a Friday battle simply to make the cut and is now priced as long as 750/1 by bookmakers to win the event. The Northern Irishman, who remains number two in the world rankings but has shown only very rare glimpses of his best form this year, insisted all of is troubles are mental rather than technical. "You have just got to try and play your way out of it," McIlroy said. "But it's nothing to do with technique. It's all mental out there. And then I just need to concentrate, obviously. "But sometimes I feel like I'm walking around out there and I'm unconscious. I just need to try to think more. I'm trying to focus and trying to concentrate. But I can't really fathom it at the minute, and it's hard to stand up here and tell you guys what's really wrong. "It's just so brain dead. Seriously, I feel like I've been walking around out there like that for the last couple of months. I'm trying to get out of it. I just don't quite know why." McIlroy may now seek assistance from Bob Rotella, the renowned sports psychologist.