"So if I can get on a run in the next couple of days, I don't see a ridiculously low score out there, but I definitely see something like what Tommy shot, a 66 or a 65".
McIlroy invariably rises to the challenge during the Open, winning at Hoylake in 2014 and finishing joint fifth and fourth in the past two years.
"I feel like it's a good week".
"I just had a brain fart and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble and it plugged deep into it".
Although the 14-time major victor visibly winced after hitting his opening tee shot, that appeared to be the result of getting some dust from the dry ground in his eye and he went on to make an ideal start with a birdie from 10 feet. McIlroy said. "We will see what comes of it, it won't soften the course up much, you just got to deal with it with wet gear and an Umbrella, same thing though, go out there and have a good fast start".
"I'm convinced that's how I should play it".
"That's my game plan this week". It sort of was validation, like, "yes, this is the right way to do it".
The Open Mc Ilroy shrugged off his robot tag with a fine display
That kind of power can be hard to harness, though, and partly explains the fact he only found 29 per cent of fairways. I hit the shots when I needed to.
"I hadn't felt the energy of the crowd for a while in the Open".
"That's why I tried to stay as aggressive as I possibly could even though I wasn't hitting the driver maybe as well as I could". There's a lot of pins that were tucked away either on the left side of the green or the right side.
And Schauffele was unable to force a play-off with an eagle as Molinari claimed his maiden Major victory, the first Italian to win one of golf's big four events. "So it was a lot more irons off tees and a lot more conservative, but I ended up being the same score [as day one], so I'm pretty pleased with that".
The 29-year-old Northern Irishman - seeking his first major in four years - delivered what he had promised on the eve of the tournament at Carnoustie, reverting back to the type of aggressive and carefree golf which first came to public notice at the same course as a fresh-faced amateur in 2007. No one's going to argue with him.
"Hopefully I will hit a few more fairways, but I'll adopt the same strategy [tomorrow]".