Jul
17
2011
McIlroy Not a Fan of the Elements
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Give me some sun, please!

Rory McIlroy didn’t have his best at Royal St. George’s. He struggled a bit in the bad weather over the weekend. While he wasn’t out of the hunt completely going into Sunday, he wasn’t in striking position. It simply wasn’t Rory’s week. He finished in a ho-hum tie for 25th. Which in the grand scheme of things really isn’t so terrible.

Amazingly, McIlroy admitted he doesn’t like playing in bad weather. “I’m not a fan of golf tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather,” said McIlroy after shooting a disappointing three-over 73. “It’s not my sort of golf.”

Strangely enough — considering he hails from Northern Ireland — McIlroy hasn’t proved to be the strongest wind player. He doesn’t have the best record at events where wind is a huge factor (see the ’11 Honda Classic).

Asked if he’s ever done well in the wind, he said, “No, not really. All the amateur tournaments I’ve won, they were played on links courses but they were all relatively calm. So I just play better and my game is more suited to calm conditions. Just glad I’m in the clubhouse. I’m just glad I’m in.”

To be quite honest, Rory’s game is much better suited for American (and PGA Tour) courses.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to America, playing in Akron, and obviously the PGA…and into some nice conditions.”

While Rory says his game is basically suited for most golf courses and conditions, he just doesn’t like playing in the crappy weather. Nor does he feel like he should change his game for one week a year (good point — see Martin Kaymer’s Masters experience). From the sound of it, you’d think he had grown up in West Palm Beach.

“These conditions I just don’t enjoy playing in really,” said McIlroy, candidly. “That’s the bottom line. I’d rather play when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.”

Funny, me too!

When the Open kicked off, Rory-mania was in full swing. He didn’t end up winning a second consecutive major or contending on Sunday. And that’s perfectly fine. No, it wasn’t rust because he took three weeks off between majors — he prepared the same as he had for the previous two this year. He might have been a little overwhelmed from the ballyhoo, but it was hard to avoid. I mean, I felt anxious watching the crowds swarm toward him. And no, it wasn’t lack of talent, nor is he over-hyped.

I’d still put my money on Rory at almost every event…so long as the conditions are relatively calm. Expect to see him in contention at the PGA Championship in Hotlanta (Atlanta) next month.

(AP Photo/Jon Super)