McIlroy ready to cope with poor conditions
Jim Slater
06:32 AEST Wed Jul 18 2012

Rory McIlroy is ready to cope with bad weather and links golf at this week's British Open after ripping into both a year ago following a disappointing Open result at Royal St George's.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman, who took the World No.1 ranking for the first time in his career earlier this year and spent seven weeks at the top, took out his frustrations over poor play last year on the rain and course.

"These conditions I just don't enjoy playing in really. That's the bottom line," McIlroy said at the end of a rainy 2011 Open in Sandwich. "I would rather play when it's sunny and not much wind.

"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."

McIlroy, who had taken time off after winning the US Open a month before, seemed to forget that he often played in poor weather growing up in Ulster, portraying himself much differently after a frustrating share of 25th.

"I'm not a fan of golf tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather. It's not my sort of golf," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back to America."

Faced with another deluge of wet weather on a links course this week at Royal Lytham, McIlroy looked back with humbled eyes about his 2011 outburst.

"Those comments were just pure frustration," McIlroy said on Tuesday.

"Having really high expectations going into it, coming off a major win, really wanting to play well, get into contention and not doing that and blaming the weather, the draw, blaming my luck basically - that was just frustration.

"Looking back on it a year later, it's I said, I just didn't play well enough to get into contention and didn't handle the conditions as best as I could have. That's something I'm trying to do more of."

McIlroy faces pot bunkers aplenty and dense rough and potentially clearing conditions for the weekend.

But as he tours the first two days with 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley of the United States, McIlroy realises he must keep his cool in the wind and rain.

"If it's like that again this week, you're just going to have to knuckle down and focus and keep fighting and stay tough and try and shoot a score in bad conditions," McIlroy said.

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