Rory McIlroy heads to Royal St George’s this week for the final Major of the year, claiming he has learnt a lot from his Open Championship frustration of two years ago.
The four-time Major winner – 14/1 to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday – was left devastated when he missed the cut by a stroke on home soil in 2019.
McIlroy also missed the weekend at the Scottish Open, after carding rounds of 70 and 71, but feels he will head to Kent wiser following his frustration at Portrush.
The 32-year-old has not won a Major since the 2014 US PGA Championship and will tee it up at Sandwich having slipped out of the world’s top-10 golfers.
But McIlroy has got a PGA Tour win to his name this year and there have been some good signs in recent months, while he also feels comfortable in the links surroundings.
McIlroy stated: “I know how to play links golf obviously, I grew up on it, I know how to play Open Championships. Portrush wasn’t what I wanted, but I’ve had a win, a second and two other top fives.
“I feel comfortable in that environment, it was nice to get back to links golf in Scotland, as I’ve not played links golf for two years.”
Prior to his display at Portrush, McIlroy had recorded three-straight top-five finishes at the Open. He was T25 the last time St George’s hosted the tournament in 2011, when his fellow countryman Darren Clarke winning on that occasion.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Min Woo Lee (125/1 in Outright Market) has secured his place at this week’s Major following his play-off win at the Scottish Open.
The reigning Masters champion will be missing though, as Hideki Matsuyama, along with two-time Green Jacket winner Bubba Watson, has withdrawn due to Covid-19 regulations.