Darren Clarke: Rory McIlroy can handle pressure
Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley both believe the burden of expectation placed on Rory McIlroy's shoulders will do him no favours ahead of next fortnight's British Open championship.
Clarke is returning to competition at today's French Open in Versailles after purposely missing last week's BMW International Open in Munich to celebrate McIlroy's Congressional command performance.
Portrush's newest resident has known McIlroy long before he was a teenager and it was one celebration Clarke wasn't going to miss.
Surprisingly, there has been many, including Major Champions, ready to label McIlroy the next Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus, despite McIlroy having won just three Tour events but also losing the Masters.
However, Clarke believes McIlroy has the right people around him to deal with the expectation.
"The way Rory has conducted himself, the way he has handled himself, he is well able to cope with everything," said Clarke.
"Rory has good managers around him while his parents, Rosie and Gerry are very smart."