McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

"I'm just waiting for something", McIlroy said.

Stenson, now ranked seventh in the world, missed the cut at the recent US Open but bounced back to form a week later in Munich, finishing 10th in the defence of his BMW International Open title.

Also in the Scottish Open field is compatriot Henrik Stenson who next week goes to Royal Birkdale to defend his Open Championship title won 12 months ago at Troon, just down the road from Dundonald Links.

Helped by three birdies at par-5s thereafter, McIlroy was able to fix some of that early damage but still finished seven shots behind one of his playing partners, Rickie Fowler. "Coming off winning the year before, I love playing links golf and I love playing the week before a major".

Rory McIlroy's frustrations with his game continued in the opening round of the Scottish Open as he posted a two-over-par 74. He thinned his tee shot right at No. 8 his second-to-last hole using a rescue club, only to pull off a superb approach from the thick rough and salvage a par from 10 feet. "And again, it's just putting it all together, not just for one day but for four days; and not just for four days, to do it week-in and week-out", said the Northern Irishman, who has just started a run of seven events potentially in an eight-week stretch. So new irons in the bag, 718s.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, German Alexander Knappe and England's Callum Shinkwin shared the lead on nine under par after two rounds of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links on Friday.

Adam Scott swells the regular ranks of Australians on the European Tour this week when he tees up at the Scottish Open as part of his final preparations for The Open Championship.

He was back pedalling early in bogeying his second and third holes before landing his second short at the 13th or his fourth hole short, and only to see the ball roll back into a burn for a double.

The Englishman was runner-up the last time the Open was held at Birkdale and he would not be Ian Poulter if he did not believe he can go one better this time around, no matter what he says about having "low expectations".

It's been a hard year for McIlroy on the course as injury has cut into his schedule and left him with limited competition time, this week just his ninth tournament since January.

From 4 over after four holes, McIlroy recovered to 1 over after 16, with three of his four birdies coming via tap-ins on par fives.

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