Rory McIlroy expects a “tough test” at this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as he looks to hit the front in The Race to Dubai.
TheHolywood golfer tees off at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday fourth in The Race to Dubai, but with the winner earning 627,020 euros there is an opportunity to dislodge current leader Thomas Björn.
“I think The Scottish Open in its own right is a very big event and has assembled possibly one of the strongest field the it’s ever had,” said Rory who missed the cut at his last event, the Irish Open.
“It would be nice to contend here this week and push up there a little bit, try to get to the top of those rankings and go into The Open obviously next week with a bit of momentum.
“I’m expecting a tough test. It looks like it’s going to be a tough golf course this week.
“I’d love to say I expect to get into contention and see how my game feels under pressure on this sort of golf course, but I’m just going to go out there and try and play the best that I can and just get used to playing a bit of links golf I think.
“I’ve been practicing a lot the last week or so on some of the shots that I might face this week and next and getting more and more comfortable with those, trying to keep the ball flight down a little bit.”
The former World Number One also insists he is looking forward to playing in the forecast bad weather in Scotland.
“You’ve got to relish the challenge,” he added.
“I’m trying to adopt more of that mind-set, especially for these couple of weeks.
“It’s not like I haven’t played well on links courses before and in links conditions.”
Meanwhile, rising star Stephanie Meadow has a 6.41am start at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Birkdale on Thursday morning.