US Open champion Rory McIlroy has admitted that he needs to learn how to play in windy conditions if he is to have a chance of winning the British Open in the future.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman struggled in poor weather at Royal St George's earlier this month and, in the end, tied for 25th place.

"Darren (Clarke) is unbelievable in the wind and he knows how to play the right shot at the right time and maybe if I go out and play with him I could learn," McIlroy told reporters at the Irish Open at Killarney on Wednesday.

"I was very frustrated coming off the course at Sandwich. I feel as if I did get an Open championship where the weather was quite benign I'd have a lot better chance of contending.

"It was tough. I'm going to have to learn how to play in those conditions, going forward. We don't really have that much practice when it's blowing 30mph; you don't want to go out and hit that many balls.

"It's going to happen in the future where we have conditions like that. You just have to deal with them as best you can."

McIlroy lines up this week in an Irish Open field that includes Clarke, 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell and three-times major winner Padraig Harrington.

Before playing the pro-am with Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny, McIlroy was presented with honourary life membership of the European Tour. Clarke, 42, also received the award from Mr Kenny and European Tour chief executive George O'Grady.

McIlory is the youngest to receive the award, outdoing 2010 US PGA champion Martin Kaymer by three years.

  • Mellony Maxwell

    First Rory must control his urge to smack the daylights out of his shots, as he just loses hisrhythm and then his consistency (akaTiger??!!).He should justwatch Luke Donald’s swing and learn from that! How to play in the wind? – low, punch shots work best, whilst maintaining the same rhythm. Forget “driving for show” – accuracy is what heshould aim for.

  • Mellony Maxwell

    First Rory must control his urge to smack the daylights out of his shots, as he just loses his rhythm and then his consistency (aka Tiger??!!). He should just watch Luke Donald’s swing and learn from that!  How to play in the wind? – low, punch shots work best, whilst maintaining the same rhythm.  Forget “driving for show” – accuracy is what he should aim for.

    • http://www.ramsaymedia.co.za/ RamsayMedia Admin

      In comparing Donald and McIlroy you have just illustrated the value of experience. In time McIlroy will learn that, sometimes, it’s not worth trying to drive the green on every par four.

  • Compleat Golfer admin

    In comparing Donald and McIlroy you have just illustrated the value of experience. In time McIlroy will learn that, sometimes, it’s not worth trying to drive the green on every par four.