McIlroy nearing best form as Open looms large

Lydia Ko Michelle Wie and others will battle for a major title in New Jersey

Lydia Ko Michelle Wie and others will battle for a major title in New Jersey

"Hopefully that will be enough links golf to be ready".

"It's the purest form of golf", said David Feherty, who won the Scottish Open in 1986 and is now a golf commentator for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel who also says "It's still target golf, but the target sort of moves".

"I'm just going to go out and try and shoot as low as I can".

"I guess as good as any was to try and find a little better form going into the majors as the past year 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". "I think it's totally different to what we play week in, week out so obviously, I had some success at the Scottish Open you know feeling really comfortable with the Links golf and the golf courses that they've played on".

Graeme McDowell finished alongside Donald in fifth place at Lytham in 2012 and the Northern Irishman is another player who has yet to book his place at Royal Birkdale.

"It's hard to sit up here and stand in front of a camera every single time and say to you guys it's close, because I sound a bit like a broken record", McIlroy said ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

As he did before the year's first two major championships, Scott will compete in this week's Scottish Open to give himself tournament practice before next week's Open Championship.

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.

American Daniel Im just missed out at last week's Irish Open - due to Drysdale's higher world ranking - after coming joint-fourth following a bogey at the last and the world No 365 will be hoping for another good display this week.

The former world number one has had to endure a frustrating year with a number of injuries and issues with poor form. Course: Dundonald Links. Purse: $7 million. He earned a spot at the Open by coming sixth at Castle Stuart and earned the biggest cheque of his career to date by finishing runner-up at last week's Irish Open.

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