Rory McIlroy is remaining positive ahead of this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone as he seeks to turn around his season following a poor run of form.
After an erratic performance at the Open Championship, where he shot rounds of 75 and 79, the world number three referred to himself as 'brain dead' as he missed the cut by four strokes on 12 over par.
But after spending some time with family and friends, the 24-year-old is determined to improve, starting with the upcoming tournament in Ohio which begins today.
"I was sitting up here this time last year not feeling as if my game was in great shape," said McIlroy, who finished tied for fifth in last year's event.
"I'm sitting up here this year a lot more positive and that's a great sign. It's a course I feel I can do well on and if something similar can happen to last year, that would set up for the last major of the season and a great end of the year," he explained.
"It's been up and down (since the same time last year). I've had some great weeks and wins and had some very average ones as well. It's like everything, you are going to have ups and downs.
"My highs have been incredibly high and my lows have been pretty low so it's about trying to make it more on an even keel," added McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman has also been taking advice from his putting coach Dave Stockton about his demeanour on the course, and hopes doing so will help him become less emotionally involved with his golf.
World number one Tiger Woods heads to the course in Akron as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, as he looks to claim an impressive eighth tournament win.
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