After winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, the
Northern Irishman's performances have dropped, finishing tied 23rd
at the U.S. Open in June and then missing the cut at the Irish Open.
But following some minor adjustments to his game, McIlroy is
confident he will soon be at the right end of the leaderboard again.
"Just limiting the mistakes would be good," he told Sky Sports
television ahead of the British Open warmup event that starts on
"The win at Wentworth was probably the only week for some time that
I didn't have a bad stretch of holes.
"If I can keep the bad runs of holes off my card, that's all I need
to do because the good golf is there. I'm playing good quality
With the 143rd British Open starting at the Royal Liverpool seaside
course on July 17, the 25-year-old is hoping to get used to links
golf in Aberdeen.
"I haven't played the Scottish Open for a few years," said McIlroy
who previously competed in the tournament in 2009 at Loch Lomond.
"I have heard some great things about the golf course and it's good
the Scottish Open has gone back to a true links course.
"Not just because it is good for the Open championship the following
week. I think the likes of the Irish Open and Scottish Open should
be on links courses because that's what this part of the world is
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American Phil Mickelson became the first player to land the Scottish
Open-British Open double last year when he followed up his win at
Castle Stuart in Inverness with victory at Muirfield.
Having watched the left-hander land both titles, McIlroy said he
wanted to emulate the 44-year-old's feat.
"It definitely influenced me," the twice major winner added. "I
played with Phil the first two rounds at Muirfield last year and you
could see his links game was very sharp.
"Phil's double has put it into many guys' heads to do the same."
(Reporting by Michael Hann, editing by Tony Goodson)
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