Rory McIlroy still searching for form

Rory McIlroy still searching for form

Rory McIlroy still searching for form

"I've just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week". "There was a nice bit of buzz (with Ben An and Anirban Lahiri) today". If you told me I was going to win another six majors, well, OK, that might be a difference. He was amusing like that. I had no idea. You're finished on a Friday, and you've got Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to kill before you get to play another tournament.

The elder statesman could hardly share the lead with two more fresh faced rookies than Alexander Knappe and Calum Shinkwin.

She followed with another treble birdie run at the par-4 17th and par-5 18th and first holes, then closed her morning round with eight pars.

All but Hend are playing for a place in the field at Birkdale, the big hitting Queenslander playing his third Open Championship in succession after debuting in 2005 and not playing again until 2015. Young Ty Hatton is ready to bounce back to form and I can see Ross Fisher figuring really highly here.

But the casualties at Dundonald were considerable, led by McIlroy who tried manfully to be optimistic after without much evidence to back him up. His struggles with his wedge play were apparent once more, as he barely gave himself a look at getting the necessary two birdies. McIlroy pulled his approach from 220 yards into the light rough, chipped to 7 feet, but his birdie putt back didn't break and missed by some distance.

"As well, it is exciting for me to come back and play The Scottish Open".

Things are truly wide open, and it feels like there are about 50 different players who could win the year's third major without it being a real surprise-and that's not hyperbole. "The a year ago and a half or so, I haven't played as well in the majors as I would have liked and we all put so much focus on the majors now. But I'm sort of trying to learn as I go along".

England's Ian Poulter, who is ranked 85 in the world, and Australian Andrew Dodt are just one shot off the pace on -8 after both players carded three-under-par 69s, whilst American Rickie Fowler, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts are a further stroke off the pace.

The 48-year-old Northern Irishman has not made a halfway cut since last year's Open at Royal Troon and has failed to register a single top-10 finish on the European Tour since his Open victory at Royal St George's in 2011.

For Knox, after rescuing a 70 from a double bogey start, it was an excruciating miss.

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