The 150th Open: Rory McIlroy is full of confidence and backing Tiger Woods to impress at St Andrews | golf news

McIlroy ahead of his bid for a fifth major title and first since 2014: ‘I can’t go in here thinking this could be my time. I just have to go out there and play a really good tournament’ – Watch The Open live on Thursday from from 6.30am on Sky Sports The Open

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Rory McIlroy says he’s very confident heading into the 150th Open Championship, but he’s not getting ahead of himself.

Rory McIlroy says he’s very confident heading into the 150th Open Championship, but he’s not getting ahead of himself.

Rory McIlroy insists his confidence levels are high as he looks to end his long drought and claim a historic victory in golf’s ‘holy grail’ at The 150th Open.

McIlroy comes to St Andrews as one of the pre-tournament favorites off to an impressive start to the year, having posted top-eight finishes at the first three majors and recorded a 21st PGA Tour title with a successful title defense at the RBC Canadian Open.

The world No. 2 lifted the Claret Jug in 2014, the same year he claimed the most recent of his four major titles at the PGA Championship, with McIlroy pleased with the state of his game heading into the final men’s Major of the year. .

Before the Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played in the tournament

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Before the Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played in the tournament

Before the Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played in the tournament

“Yeah, I’m playing good,” McIlroy told the media Tuesday. “I’m in good shape. My confidence in my game is as high as it has been in quite some time.”

“I can’t go in here thinking this could be my time. I just have to go out there and play a really good tournament. I have to string four good rounds together and hopefully by the end of the week, that’s it.” good enough to win.

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“I’m happy with how everything is, and I just can’t get ahead of myself, and I just have to make sure I prepare well for the next couple of days and be in the right frame of mind for Thursday.”

McIlroy has only made one appearance at the St Andrews Open, finishing tied for third in the 2010 contest after matching a record 63 on opening day with 80 in the second round, while the Northern Irishman missed his defense of the title in 2015 after injuring his ankle playing. football.

Ahead of this week's Open Championship, Rory McIlroy loved playing with and against legends at the Celebration of Champions event.

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Ahead of this week’s Open Championship, Rory McIlroy loved playing with and against legends at the Celebration of Champions event.

Ahead of this week’s Open Championship, Rory McIlroy loved playing with and against legends at the Celebration of Champions event.

“I don’t know if a golfer’s career isn’t complete if he doesn’t [win at St Andrews], but I think it’s the holy grail of our sport,” McIlroy added. “Not a lot of people will get a chance to do it, but that’s winning an Open at St Andrews. It is one of the greatest achievements you can have in golf.

“There are a lot of great players who have won the Open and maybe not at St Andrews, so I think it’s unfair to say a golfer’s career isn’t complete without it, but it certainly lives up to one of the better things”. you can do in our game.”

Wayne 'Radar' Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship

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Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship

Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship

Forecasts of calm conditions in Scotland have led some players to predict that the layout is in danger of scoring a record score this week on the Old Course, although McIlroy believes the iconic course presents enough challenges to prevent that from happening.

“I don’t think we’re going to see it,” McIlroy said. “You can bomb it and get closer to the greens, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to make birdies.

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“I can see that (win total) is low, but I can’t see anything in the lower 20 range. Everyone has seen how tight and fast the streets are and it’s going to get pretty tough at the end of the week.” “

Could Tiger win again at St Andrews?

Tiger Woods returns to action for the first time since retiring midway through the PGA Championship tournament in May, with the former world number one wanting “at least one more race” at the venue where he won The Open in 2000 and 2005.

Tiger Woods believes his final triumph came when he won the house of golf twice in 2000 and 2005.

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Tiger Woods believes his final triumph came when he won the house of golf twice in 2000 and 2005.

Tiger Woods believes his final triumph came when he won the house of golf twice in 2000 and 2005.

McIlroy played a practice round with Woods last week in Ireland and was one of his teammates at Monday’s Celebration of Champions, a special four-hole contest, with the Northern Irishman rooting for the 15-time Grand Slam champion to impress again. this week.

Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

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Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

“I think the way the golf course is and the conditions are, I could certainly see it [Woods contending]McIlroy added. “It’s going to be a game of chess this week, and no one has been better at playing that kind of chess game on a golf course than Tiger in the last 20 years.

With 33 major titles between them, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus took an iconic photo together at Swilcan Bridge in St Andrews.

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With 33 major titles between them, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus took an iconic photo together at Swilcan Bridge in St Andrews.

With 33 major titles between them, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus took an iconic photo together at Swilcan Bridge in St Andrews.

“For those four holes [in the Celebration of Champions on Monday]He moved better than I had seen him move in a long time. That was really good to see.

“Hitting the golf ball and swinging the club isn’t the problem, it’s the walking part that’s the difficulty, but he seemed to be moving well. Everything looked pretty good yesterday.” [Monday]so that’s encouraging.”

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