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Rory wants major high five at Troon

By Robert Jones

Rory McIlroy is setting his sights on winning major number five at Royal Troon on Sunday - and changing the topic of conversation from the Olympics in the process.

The build-up to The Open, which started at 6.35am this morning with Colin Montgomerie hitting the first tee shot, has been dominated by many of the world's best golfers deciding not to go to Rio to compete at the Games, and the Holywood man, one of the big name absentees, declaring he wouldn't even watch his own sport at the Olympics on television.

He hopes everyone will be watching him - and not Jason Day, Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth who make up golf's so called fab four - lift the Claret Jug at the weekend for the second time, to add to his US Open and two US PGA titles.

Asked about taking on Day, Johnson and Speith, McIlroy stated: "I can't worry about other guys. If I focus on myself and make sure that I'm playing the best that I can, I'm pretty confident that, if I go out and play my best golf, I'm going to win more times than not."

Clearly making a point he added: "I've got FOUR major championships, and I'd love to add to that tally, just as those guys would love to add to the ONE or TWO majors that they have."

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