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I need to trust my putting process to mount Open Championship challenge, says Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is hopeful he can play his way into contention at this week's Open Championship.

The world number eight struggled on Ballyliffin's tricky greens at the Irish Open earlier this month, limiting him to a T28th finish, far below the tournament challenge his tee to green play so richly deserved.

But an improved display on the putting surface during the final round gave McIlroy reason to believe he could get himself in the fight for the Claret Jug at Carnoustie.

A week off from tournament golf and now McIlroy is hoping he can make that a reality come the weekend.

"I feel like there have been glimpses of really good stuff," he told Sky Sports. "Transitioning back onto links greens, slower greens; I have to get used to that. It feels good. I've done some good sessions. It's about doing the same things and trusting the process. If I can get a few to drop, you never know."

The lowest winning total at Carnoustie is Tom Watson's nine-under-par finish back in 1975. With the east-coast course bone-dry, McIlroy reckons we could see that surpassed this weekend.

"I don't know if -15 or -16 is attainable but I could see it being the lowest score to win at Carnoustie", he said.

"Because it is so baked out and burnt, there are patches of rough that are bad but for the large part, you're going to get away with it. As long as you avoid the fairway bunkers and give yourself some control of your golf ball, I think you could see some guys go low."

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