World number three Rory McIlroy is looking forward to this week’s Scottish Open in North Berwick and is hoping to put himself in contention to land a 14th European Tour title (McIlroy 11/2f – Scottish Open Outright).
The Northern Irishman will be making his second Scottish Open appearance in the last three years and arrives north of the border in impressive form, having won the RBC Canadian Open before finishing tied-ninth at the US Open.
The 30-year-old, who has also landed The Players Championship this season, will be hoping for a strong performance at The Renaissance Club ahead of next week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush in his homeland.
McIlroy is the warm favourite to triumph this week and is hoping to be in with a chance of winning the tournament come Sunday’s final round.
“The Scottish Open has always been one of the biggest events on the European Tour,” he was quoted as saying by golfmagic.com. “I remember my first Scottish Open in 2005 at Loch Lomond as an amateur. They were nice enough to give me an invite back then.
“This is my second in the last three years. Obviously, I’ve one eye on The Open next week, but there are a lot of ranking points on offer. I want a card in my hand, I want to win and it would be nice to add to my collection.
“I don’t think there’s a better way to prepare for a major than to get into contention the week before, it makes it so much easier if that happens again the following week. Hopefully, I give myself a chance this week.”