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Cut up Rory insists he will come good


By Robert Jones

The head scratching continues for Rory McIlroy after a third missed cut in four tournaments at the Scottish Open.

But the Holywood star shrugged off concerns about his current form ahead of The Open, starting at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

The World No4 bounced back from an opening-round 74 at Dundonald Links by birdieing three of his first seven holes yesterday, only to miss the cut by a shot after signing off with a one-under 71.

"I'm not that far away," McIlroy insisted. "I'm missing cuts, but I'm just on the wrong side of doing something quite good.

"I've just got to stay patient, but hopefully next week I can say I stayed patient and it sort of worked out.

"I'll probably head down to Birkdale early, get some early practice rounds in. Just try to get myself ready for that golf course and the test that that's going to provide next week."

McIlroy, who missed the cut at his Foundation hosted Irish Open last week, added: "I'm frustrated, but at the same time I thought I saw some good signs out there. I thought my putting improved this week compared to last week."

Former Open winner Darren Clarke is expected to tee off at Royal Birkdale despite pulling out of yesterday's Scottish Open play with a knee injury.

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