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Major boost for Dundonald

McIlroy set for return to Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy: boost (Getty Images)

World number two Rory McIlroy has handed the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open a major boost by confirming his participation in next month’s tournament at Dundonald Links.

The Northern Irishman will be making his first appearance in the event for three years, his last outing coming at Royal Aberdeen in 2014.

Injury forced him out of the tournament at Gullane while Castle Stuart wasn’t on his schedule last year.

“I’m going to play Irish, Scottish and The Open,” said the 28-year-old ahead of his participation in this week’s US Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

“That’s a great run of three weeks of links golf and will be a great way to get ready for the Open.

“I’m excited about that run and to be able to play a lot of links golf in that short time frame.

“Having had such a stop-start season with the injury means I need to, and really want to, play golf.

“One thing you realise when you are injured is how much you want to play and miss playing and I need to play in events to get some momentum and hopefully knock off a couple of really big wins over the summer.”

McIlroy’s presence in Ayrshire will enhance a field already boasting the likes of Open champion Henrik Stenson and US Ryder Cup stars Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.

“I don’t know much about Dundonald,” added McIlroy, who has recovered from injury to try to lift his fifth Major this week.

“I know it’s close to Troon. That’s really about it. I know I can drive there. Having to get the boat from Larne to Troon will be fine.”

The tournament heads to Dundonald for the first time from 13-16 July as part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments in the Race to Dubai with a minimum prize fund of $7 million.

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