PORTRUSH, Northern Eire – Twenty years after taking part in Royal Portrush for the primary time as a present from her father on the age of 10, Rory McIlroy is making an attempt to seize the fact of 39, a small nation organizing a serious championship near residence, whereas in search of tips on how to win it.
Now a 30-year-old and four-time main winner, McIlroy is without doubt one of the favorites to win the Open at Royal Portrush, simply the second championship participation off of Nice Britain and the primary since 1951.
"Portrush has been an enormous a part of my training," stated McIlroy. "It&#zero39;s a bit of surreal that it&#zero39;s right here." Even whereas using yesterday, if you get on the street and also you look proper and you’ve got the second tee, and Tony Finau and another person&#zero39;s 39, one other goes in, it&#zero39;s a bit unusual to see them right here.
"Nevertheless it&#zero39;s actually cool. It simply reveals what we did when it comes to gamers. G-Mac [Graeme McDowell] profitable the American Open . Darren [Clarke] profitable the Open  then a part of the success I&#zero39;ve had. And the way Northern Eire has develop into a rustic the place we’re capable of set up such an vital occasion once more.
"Happy to be again right here, glad to be a part of it, and at this stage solely
It&#zero39;s right here that lies the troublesome half for McIlroy, who’s in some ways thought of the face of This Open, having grown up inside an hour of distance, with an abundance of expertise on the course and the world rating No. three counsel that it ought to be in rivalry.
However McIlroy famous that he was not greater than the event, that he felt actually the identical as for him on the different Open. , and it’ll nonetheless want sturdy golf, no matter his opponent.
"I deal with it the identical method as some other Open Championship," stated McIlroy. "I&#zero39;ve been taking part in properly right here for just a few years . I performed properly on this golf course. So I’ve to exit and hit the pictures and keep within the current. If I proceed to place a foot in It ought to be sufficient right here Sunday night time.
McIlroy killed 61 years right here on the age of 16, however stated he performed the course solely 3 times within the 9 months main as much as Wednesday. he nonetheless retains a home within the space, McIlroy spends the vast majority of his time in the US and lives in Florida.
"I’m maybe a bit of extra at residence right here than another venues Open, "stated McIlroy, winner of the Royal Liverpool in 2014." I feel the massive key this week is to maintain it out of the green and tough bunkers. Even in case you give your self a bit of extra time. You’ll be able to play on this golf course from the green. And with the best way the tough has grown over the past two weeks, you will be unable to attain factors with out touching it.
McIlroy has two wins this yr, on the Gamers Championship and Canadian Open, with 9 different high 10 rankings.
"I feel that&#zero39;s the golf interval probably the most fixed I&#zero39;ve ever performed, "he stated.
McIlroy takes off Thursday at 5:09 pm (10:09 am native time) with US Open champions Gary Woodland and Paul Casey.