What the weather man says

The weatherman’s not giving Rory McIlroy too much hope of showing that he’s now a full-blooded, all-weather competitor.

The weatherman’s not giving Rory McIlroy’s too much hope of showing that he’s now a full-blooded, all-weather competitor at the Dunhill Links Championship this week.

That’s because he is saying that the weather might well be too mild for that.

Rain is forecast for one day only and no more than mild winds are expected to blow on all four days, but certainly there is nothing in the forecasts to worry about – or in McIlroy’s case, to prove he has overcome his dislike of British links courses where, he complained after this year’s Open Championship at Royal St Georges, “the outcome is predicted so much by the weather.”

According to reliable golfweather.com which analyses and reports daily on most golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, the USA, South Africa and Australia, the weather at St Andrews for the Dunhill Links championship will be mostly sunny and cool with mild winds on most days and some rain and light wind on Saturday.

Thursday and Sunday will be the windiest.

On Thursday a West-North-Westly wind is expected to get up to 17km/h in the late afternoon and on Sunday a WSW of the same strength in late afternoon is also forecast.

And rain? Yes, there could be some rain – but only for Saturday’s third round when, with a mild wind blowing at no more than 9km/h, there is a 30% chance of rain in the morning and a 60% chance in the afternoon.

The respective weather forecasts for Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, the other two nearby courses were the first three rounds are set to be played, should follow a very similar pattern to St Andrews, except perhaps on Saturday when you can expect them to have a little less rain than St Andrews.

On Sunday the full field after the cut will play the final round in mild winds at what should be a sunny St Andrews.

For more weather details for the event, you can visit www.golfweather.com