McIlroy confirmed for Scottish Open

World No 1 Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in July’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club.

Taking place the week before the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, the event will provide McIlroy with some much needed links practice ahead of the all-important major.

The news comes as little surprise, considering that the Northern Irishman’s decision to return to the Scottish Open last year led to his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool Golf Club the following week.

In fact, McIlroy is the fourth successive person to capture the Claret Jug the week after playing in the Scottish Open, following in the footsteps of Darren Clarke (2011), Ernie Els (2012) and Phil Mickelson (2013).

McIlroy joins a star-studded field which includes defending champion Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald.

“Adding the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to my schedule in 2014 proved to be a great move, as it allowed me to get four competitive rounds of links golf under my belt a week before The Open,” said McIlroy.

“It is great to have this fantastic event, played on some of the best links courses in the world, and then to move on to the Open Championship the following week.

“Last year I started really well and had two good rounds over the weekend but a disappointing second round set me a little too far back to contend. So, this year I’m keen to pick up where up I left off and hopefully be right up there on Sunday afternoon.

“I know Gullane from my amateur days as it has hosted a lot of great Scottish amateur events. I can’t wait to get back to see the composite Championship course and test my game against a very strong field.”