Rory McIlroy focused on Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy insists he is focused on claiming a third win of the season in the ASI Scottish Open, despite a first Open Championship in Northern Ireland for 68 years looming on the horizon.

"As much as these weeks set you up for the week after I am playing with two eyes firmly focused on the Scottish Open," McIlroy said.

"I want to get myself in contention and have a chance to win the golf tournament. That's the best way to prepare for next week, to feel the heat of competition."

McIlroy set the course record of 61 at Royal Portrush when he was a 16-year-old and was delighted to feel right at home when he played the course on Saturday.

"I expected it to feel different than it did. It still just feels like Portrush to me," McIlroy added.

"Yes, the stands are up and it looks fantastic, but it's still the same golf course. When I got on the first tee, everything sort of started coming back to me.

"It felt like just the same old golf course that I grew up playing and it was nice."

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