Rory McIlroy Jun 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Rory McIlroy leaves the twelfth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy is not exactly where he would have hoped to be at this point in the British Open after a pretty brutal start that has him sitting nine back from leader Brian Hardman. But it doesn’t sound like McIlroy is too worried about it, either.

During an interview with ESPN this week, Rory McIlroy acknowledged the struggles with the wind, but made it clear that he doesn’t think he has to change his approach too much going forward.

“I don’t think I have to do anything differently,” McIlroy said according to ESPN. “I’m hitting the ball well from tee to green. I’ve missed a couple of chances on the greens. The wind got me today.”

McIlroy explained that it’s tough deciding how to play with such heavy wind, especially the greens on holes 12, 13 and 14 are “quite exposed.” But despite the pretty brutal start, McIlroy still sounds confident.

“I might be nine back but I don’t think there are going to be a ton of players between me and the lead going into the weekend,” McIlroy said. “It depends on what the conditions are tomorrow. Obviously, it depends on what Brian does as well. Right now, it’s not quite out of my hands, but at the same time, I think if I can get to three, four, or five under par tomorrow going into Sunday, I’ll have a really good chance.”

We’ll have to see if McIlroy can turn it around.