The world number one Rory Mcilroy speaking at the 2014 Dunhill Championship gave the biggest hint yet that he will be returning to the Scottish Open for the second consecutive year when it moves to Gullane in 2015.
Talking exclusively to the Scottish Golf Podcast Rory revealed how playing in the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen this year proved perfect preparation for the British Open, the first time he has played in the European Tour event in five years. Mcilroy went on to explain how he anticipates sticking with this winning formula for his Open defence. Admittedly not very familiar with Gullane, Mcilroy hopes to be part of the field in East Lothian to acclimatise to links golf again the week before The Open Championship in St Andrews.
Joining the field at Royal Aberdeen Mcilroy recorded a course record 64 on day one at the Balgownie Links followed up by a disappointing 78. Ending the week with rounds of 68,67 and in a tie for 14th spot it proved the perfect preparation for securing his first Open Championship the following week at Hoylake, Royal Liverpool. In a field which included Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler and the eventual winner Justin Rose the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open was the best yet in its current format on traditional Scottish links but with the close proximity to St Andrews, only 90 minutes away by car and minutes by helicopter expect the 2015 event to be equally as luring to the best players in the world.
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Continuing Rory expressed his love of Scottish golf and his appreciation of Scotland and the array of great golf offerings,
‘I have always enjoyed my time here in Scotland, playing a lot of my amateur golf over here and now major championships. The people here in Scotland are great, always hospitable and it’s the Home of Golf of golf for a reason.’
And his favourite course in Scotland and probably the world? The Home of Golf, Old Course St Andrews of course.
So we can be assured the defence of his first Open Championship will be at worst enjoyable.
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