Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Forgettable finish for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

A one-shot penalty for his ball moving on the green added the final misery for Rory McIlroy at this year's Open Championship.

Having already taken a penalty away from a bush on the short third, the incident happened at the 564-yard seventh after he had left an eagle attempt eight feet short.

McIlroy then missed the putt and so took six on a hole where he had been hoping for three.

After finishing with a 73 for seven over, the US Open champion then conceded that bad weather Opens are not for him.

"I'm not a fan of tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather - it's not my sort of golf," he said in a frank admission. "All the amateur tournaments I've won were played on links courses but they were all relatively calm."

He has the Irish Open in Killarney next starting a week on Thursday, but added: "I'm looking forward to getting back to America and getting back into some nice conditions."

The final major of the season is the US PGA in Atlanta on August 11-14 and he will warm up in Akron the week before.

"That's The Open Championship and that's the way some years go. You either deal with the weather or just wait for a year when it's nice," he said. "My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I just don't enjoy playing in really.

"That's the bottom line. I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind."

McIlroy has no plans to change his swing, stating: "There's no point in changing your game for one week a year."

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