James Corrigan's Open Diary: Killarney braces itself for a ring of steel around Rory

Next Stop for Rory McIlroy is the Irish Open in Killarney in 10 days' time, but if the 22-year-old is hoping for less hype than he encountered in Sandwich then he will be severely disappointed. The European Tour is planning extra security in Co Kerry to cope with the expected crowds.

George O'Grady, the Tour's chief executive, compared McIlroy not only to Tiger Woods but also to Elvis. "It is like the Tiger effect," said O'Grady. "If the passageways are too tight, everybody wants to shake your hand. And Rory would shake everybody's hand, but you have to widen the spaces now so that people can't get that close.

"When you think of Rory and the hassle he gets, he is probably going to get even more in Ireland because everyone is his pal. So we will have to adjust the crowd control and make it a bit more like the Ryder Cup, where we will have big, wide walkways from tees to greens and in other places."

O'Grady is confident McIlroy has the wherewithal to deal with the frenzy. "Padraig had the same thing when he came back to Ireland as a major champion," said O'Grady. "But this kid now is a megastar. He's a megastar in the way he conducts himself and I don't know how he handles it. This is Elvis Presley sort of stuff."

Atlanta forecast makes McIlroy an 8-1 favourite

Rory McIlroy is 8-1 favourite for the USPGA and, despite his disappointing showing at Sandwich, many experts believe these to be juicy odds. After all, the kid said it himself after signing off for a seven-over total yesterday.

"My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I just don't enjoy playing in, really," commented McIlroy. "That's the bottom line. I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind." He will get his wish in Atlanta, but the critics may descend on him after that admission.

Veteran Watson draws courage under fire

Tom Watson finished another memorable Open with a 72 and then talked about a moving visit to battlefields in France before he travelled to Sandwich. It included Pointe du Hoc, where Allied forces came under attack from Germans on the clifftop above.

"It was like me playing Phil Mickelson on this golf course," he said. "Talk about a disadvantage. And to see the 9,000-plus marble crosses [at Omaha Beach] is a striking reminder of what the human condition can do. I was very emotional seeing that. It certainly has that effect on you."

Watson, who holed-in-one during his second round and held the early clubhouse lead in the third, was playing his 34th Open thanks to his second place at Turnberry in 2009.

That prompted a change in the championship rules to allow former winners to continue beyond their 60th birthday if they manage a top 10 finish, and he plans to be at Lytham next July – "if everything is OK with me".

Cut to the golf: BBC cameras lose track of action

Anybody left infuriated by the standard of the BBC coverage atthe Open need look no further than the TV listings for the explanation. Six years ago the BBC showed 30 days of live golf. This year it will show 14. Put simply, the cameramen are getting less than half the practice. And therefore are probably twice as bad.

Exclusive hotline to Lytham 2012

This Open had been due to be held at Lytham with Sandwich next year. But because of the London Olympics the Royal and Ancient agreed to switch the venues. So to the North-west the Championship next heads, and here we give you an early heads-up on the likely storylines.

"Whatever happened to David Duval? The American was last seen partying in Blackpool in 2001."

"Whatever happened to Ian Woosnam's caddie? The Irishman was last seen taking counting lessons after the 15th club controversy."

"Seve Ballesteros, the King of Lytham. Yet another chance to write lengthy pieces about the Spaniard who won two Opens at the course."

Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own