McIlroy “Suffocated” By Home Pressures

World No 2 Rory McIlroy claims he feels “suffocated” by pressure in the past as he looks towards the Irish Open at Carton House, which begins on Thursday.

A return to his homeland all but assures he will receive a feverish backing from fans, but the weight of expectation that comes with it is a heavy burden that McIlroy admits he has not always coped well with previously.

"That's something I've felt in a couple of Irish Opens is suffocated and having that burden and that pressure and that expectation," he said. "Of course you have your fans and people that come to watch you and support you, but here everyone lives every shot with you and you make a birdie and there's a huge roar and if you miss a putt, you can hear the disappointment in the crowd."

Meanwhile the Northern Irishman confessed that he made a mistake by letting loose his frustrations on his golf clubs in the US Open. "I guess there's other ways to show disappointment," said the USPGA champion. "Taking it out on your golf clubs probably isn't the right way to do it.”

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