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McIlroy 'fully focused' on Scottish Open ahead of The Open

11 July 2019

Why he doesn't I've no idea, but he obviously puts more emphasis on majors.' McIlroy, who plays in Thursday's Scottish Open, was asked whether he had one eye on the Open next week.

Koepka has won four major titles compared to just two regular PGA Tour tournaments and admits he has a different mental attitude when it comes to the game's biggest events.

In his last Scottish Open appearance at Dundonald Links in 2017, the four-time major victor missed the cut and, though he then finished fourth in The Open at Royal Birkdale the following week, he had already put plans in place to shut down his season early that year so that he could give himself the best possible chance to try and get back to the scintilating form that saw him dominant the game when landing two majors and a WGC in the summer of 2014. "'I look at Brooks at the majors and think, 'Wow, if he produced that sort of stuff every week, it would be tough to compete".

"Why that is, I have no idea".

Thomas loves to play links golf - "if I could only play one course the rest of my life it'd probably be a links course over here because it can change so much" - but admits he hasn't quite managed to translate that into results. "It still just feels like Portrush to me".

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"I've heard a lot about it and that there's a lot more blind shots than maybe a couple courses I've played in the past, so I'll probably try to play each (practice) day".

"I think it's a little disrespectful when people come in and they are treating it as a warm-up".

For the first time in McIlroy's lifetime, Northern Ireland will host The Open next week when the tournament comes to Royal Portrush.

"I've achieved basically everything I wanted to in this game", the 30-year-old said.

Thank you for your time. I made arrangements to go to dinner with my parents and I said: 'Can we have it about 8pm because I don't know how much time I'm going to have to spend at Portrush and sort of just get my bearings.' I ended up moving the dinner forward because I didn't needed to spend as much as time as I thought I did, which I guess is a comforting thing in a way. That's what you want to do.

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"First and foremost I want to play well here". "That's one of the things we do, I want to go and storm the castle".

Rory McIlroy returns to competitive action at the Renaissance Club after a three-week break, ahead of playing in the first Open Championship in Northern Ireland for 68 years next week. See friends and family. It's going to be such a great experience for me.

"I think doing that is the best way to prepare for next week".

Despite an understandable barrage of Royal Portrush questions in his pre-tournament press conference, McIlroy was at pains to stress his full focus is on this week's Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.

"I expected it to feel different than it did", he said.

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McIlroy 'fully focused' on Scottish Open ahead of The Open