The Players: Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy is known for his dislike of wind, rain and general inclemency. But he says this year he will put up with the weather that makes The Open such a test.

“Definitely in the past, if things haven’t gone my way, the fight goes out of me pretty quickly. I’m working on it and trying to get better,” he admits. “I don’t think there’s any other way and just accept that the conditions you’re playing in are the conditions that you get for that day. You have to just get on with it and not complain.

“I want to try to become a better wind player and better bad weather player, and the only way to do that is by playing in it. That will give me a bit of confidence going into The Open, if it does happen to be bad weather there.”

That’s why McIlroy has doubled his efforts in the run-up to Muirfield. So does he feel all his links work will pay off and what will be the key to any success? “I don’t feel like there’s any set formula for me to be 100 per cent ready to go at the Majors. I think it’s just something that you have to feel during that week or the couple of weeks before,” he explained.

“I don’t think there is any set way to prepare. If you go into an event playing well and you’re confident, you shoot good scores; if not, then you’re going to struggle.”

Best Open finish 3rd at St Andrews, 2010