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US Open Champ Blames Brit Weather For Bad Week

A common complaint and topic of conversation amongst the British is the weather. And it certainly was for pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, who blamed the wet conditions at Royal St George’s in south east England for his modest showing at the British Open.

The rain came down in a deluge on Saturday’s third round and McIlroy saw his chances wash away with it, as he made a mediocre 74.

“I'm not a fan of tournaments when the outcome is predicted so much by the weather," the 22-year-old Ulsterman said."There's no point in changing your game for one week a year. That's the [British] Open. You either deal with the weather or just wait for a year when it's nice."

He had been odds-on to take the title here, won by compatriot and mentor Darren Clarke, due to his incredible performance at this year’s Open at Congressional Country Club outside Washington.

That Major was played out in balmy sunshine, whereas the sleet and rain that fell over Royal St George’s links, south east of London was just barmy, and conditions couldn’t have been more different.

By contrast another 22-year-old golfer revelled in the severe weather at the British open.

Californian Rickie Fowler, who grew up with all the sunshine that McIlroy could wish for, had no issue with the tournament. The Oklahoma State product finished tied for fifth the best placing of his career in a major.

Fowler said: "I love playing links golf because I'm able to show a little bit of my game and hit some shots around the course that I don't get to hit in the States a whole lot."

Despite being brought up playing on the links in Northern Ireland, where wind and rain are no rarity, McIlroy is keen to get back to the warmer climes of the country that was the setting for the greatest triumph so far in his fledgling career.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to America and some nice conditions," he said. "I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind."

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