Rory McIlroy fires back at Nick Faldo

Updated: July 17, 2013, 7:04 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

GULLANE, Scotland -- An irritated Rory McIlroy took issue with comments Nick Faldo made this week, saying the three-time Open champion should "know how hard this game is" and that his lackluster play this year is not due to a lack of effort.

McIlroy, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, has seen his form slip in 2013 after he signed a lucrative new endorsement deal with Nike and switched clubs. Along the way, there has been a high-profile withdrawal from the Honda Classic and ...

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