Rory McIlroy's struggles continue with missed cut at Scottish Open

Marsha Scott
July 15, 2017

As world number four, he tees up on the Dundonald Links course, on the Scottish west coast and just to the south of Glasgow, as the highest-ranked player in the field.However, four-time major champion McIlroy is coming off the embarrassment of missing the halfway cut by four shots while hosting last week's Irish Open.

Twelve months ago, Noren's two-shot victory at Castle Stuart in northern Scotland was the first of four European Tour victories in the second half of past year, a first for a Swedish-born golfer.

"The Open Championship is eight days away". If you told me I was going to win another six majors, well, okay, that might be a difference.

"It is a great way for me to come out and get ready for the Open, but it is also somewhere I know I can play well".

"This year has been a good year already but not near as good as my second half of the season last year".

The fire is back in those eyes and how can he not feel inspired when, along with is wife and four children, he is staying in a hotel overlooking Prestwick Golf Club, the links where the first Open Championship was played 167 years ago?

"It felt good but it's fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don't necessarily have to be spot on", Fowler said.

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This week's Scottish Open is the fourth of the Series which offers US$7,000,000 minimum purses and are created to attract the world's best players to Europe.

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.

Fowler, Noren and Stenson are three of four members of the world's top 10 to be appearing at the event, with the other Rory McIlroy.

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.

The four-time major victor had not missed successive cuts since May 2015 and briefly looked on course to survive after three birdies in an unblemished front nine.

"I will win tournaments, that's for sure, but I'm not turning up trying to change my legacy".

"I have been playing well this year and everything has been trending in the right direction, being in contention in the first two Majors".

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