Sage advice for McIlroy
Padraig Harrington has urged Rory McIlroy not to be so hard on himself.
The two Irishmen both slipped down one rung in the world rankings after missing the cut at the Masters. Bumped down to World No 11 by Augusta third-place finisher Anthony Kim, Harrington looks forward to a fortnight working on his swing before turning to action at the Quail Hollow Championship.
Yet World No 12 McIlroy is so disenchanted with his game, he could be out for up to six weeks as he tries to clear "the clutter" from his head.
Clearly concerned for the gifted 20-year-old, Harrington said: "Rory shouldn't be putting himself under any pressure now. Naturally, his expectations are high but he's got another 20 years and more to play and shouldn't be too worried about things at the moment."
Though sorry that his good friend Lee Westwood had to settle for second place, Harrington reckons Phil Mickelson, another pal, deserved to don the Green Jacket.
"Phil makes eagles and birdies and he certainly can hit every shot, which helps," said the Dubliner. "He goes for it, knowing he can recover with fantastic flop shots. It probably is the ideal golf course for him.
"It brings out his imagination and that is a good thing for him."
Co Antrim's Graeme McDowell is one place outside the world's elite top 50 after he also missed the cut at Augusta.