Rory McIlroy insists he’s close to ending his major drought as he ramps up preparations for the Open

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Rory McIlroy insists he’s ‘as close as I’ve EVER been’ to ending his major drought as Northern Irishman ramps up his preparations for next week’s Open

  •  Rory McIlroy is confident he can end his nine-year drought in the majors
  • He lifted the Claret Jug the last time The Open was held at Hoylake in 2014
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Rory McIlroy insists he’s ‘as close as I’ve ever been’ to winning another major as he prepares to tee off in the Scottish Open on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman is confident he can end his nine-year drought in the majors when the Open Championship returns to Hoylake next week.

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McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug last time The Open was held there in 2014 following a flawless exhibition of ball-striking. He captured the US PGA title just a few weeks later, but has been unable to add to his tally of four majors since then.

The 34-year-old has racked up plenty of top tens during that period and has also had several near misses, including last year’s Open at St Andrews when he lost by two shots to eventual winner Cameron Smith.

He also went agonisingly close in the US Open last month, missing out by a solitary shot to Wyndham Clark.

Rory McIlroy is confident he can end his nine-year drought in the majors at the Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy is confident he can end his nine-year drought in the majors at the Scottish Open

The 34-year-old will join Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at the Scottish Open this week

The 34-year-old will join Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at the Scottish Open this week

However, with his barren run nearing a decade, McIlroy believes it’s only a matter of time until he recaptures one of golf’s biggest prizes.

Ahead of teeing it up at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, he said: ‘I’m as close as I’ve ever been. My consistency in the performances, especially in the majors over the last couple years, is way better than it had been.

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‘I’m really pleased at that. But, at the same time, I had a really good chance at St Andrews last (year) and had a really good chance in Los Angeles (at the US Open) a few weeks ago.

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‘I need to keep putting myself in those positions obviously and the more times I go through them and just gaining that experience, even though I’m not getting the wins, it’s going to stand by me for whenever I get myself in position again.’

McIlroy is in a marquee group including Justin Thomas and defending champion Xander Schauffele in the opening round at the Scottish Open.

It promises to be a thrilling four days given the calibre of field, with eight of the world’s top ten players in action alongside multiple major champions.

The Northern Irishman hopes to emulate his 2014 Open Championship success at Hoylake

The Northern Irishman hopes to emulate his 2014 Open Championship success at Hoylake

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McIlroy added: ‘I played four weeks in a row and then had two weeks off where I took at least the first week of that two weeks completely off. I didn’t touch a club for a little bit after that four-week stretch. I think just to get some competitive golf under my belt, get a scorecard in my hand and play will be good.

‘It’s not pure links at this place, but it’s linksy-enough conditions that at least you’re playing in a bit of breeze and you’re maybe getting some visuals that you would get at a links course.

‘All of that will obviously be good with one eye towards next week and The Open.

‘But still, this is a big tournament and I can sort of make points on both sides of the pond looking later down the line at the end of the year for FedExCup and Race to Dubai and all that stuff. I think this week serves a few purposes.’

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