Rory McIlroy was standing on the sixth tee and already doubting his chances of making the weekend at the British Open when his negative thoughts were interrupted by his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald.
"He reminded me who I was, basically," said McIlroy, a four-time major champion. "He said: 'You're Rory McIlroy, what are you doing?'"
Initially, his response was passive.
"Whatever," replied McIlroy, who had bogeyed four of his first five holes and was about to drop another shot at No. 6.
But then came the recovery.
McIlroy got up and down from a front bunker for par at the short 7th hole, rolled in a 15-foot putt for par at the...