British tabloids brutalize Rory McIroy after ugly 1st round at Muirfield

Stuart Franklin

The miserable 2013 season for the world's No. 2 player may have hit a lowpoint this week at the British Open.

Rory McIlroy was out of the British Open just a couple hours into his tournament on Thursday, his 2013 woes continuing in perhaps his worst performance of the season. McIlroy is clearly lost and constantly looks like he wants to get off the course. After the opening round 79, he used the term "brain dead" to describe his play and approach at Muirfield.

And of course, the unrelenting British tabloids took those quotes and ran with them for some nice Friday morning headlines:

It shouldn't get any easier for Rory, who will be out in the more difficult afternoon conditions for his second round at Muirfield. He's a longshot to make the weekend, but at this point, the goal may just be avoiding another embarrassing trudge before he jets out of town.

More golf from SB Nation:

Live coverage, leaderboard updates of round 2 at Muirfield

Tiger’s putter stalled, Westy rolled while you were sleeping

Jimenez is the most interesting golfer in the world

Ian Poulter and the Scottish windmill bro

Zach Johnson staredown | Rory gets royal tabloid treatment

A guide to Muirfield | A links course defined

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.