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McIlroy Makes Strong Start at Scottish Open, Shooting 65 in First Tournament Since US Open

Rory McIlroy Opens with 65 at Scottish Open – In Contention Since US Open

Rory McIlroy Opens with 65 at Scottish Open in First Tournament Since US Open Collapse

North Berwick (Scotland), Jul 11 – Rory McIlroy took a significant step forward in moving on from his US Open collapse and showcased the state of his game with an impressive 5-under 65 opening round at the Scottish Open on Thursday.

Maximilian Kieffer of Germany and Haotong Li of China set the early pace at The Renaissance Club with a 64 on a links-style course that allowed for low scoring under moderate wind conditions.

McIlroy, who took a week off from his golf clubs after the US Open, is focused on the bigger picture and remains confident in his game despite the setbacks. In his own words, “I’m not going to let three or four holes cloud my judgment in terms of how good I’m playing.”

The defending champion at the Scottish Open, McIlroy’s stellar play included an eagle chip-in on the par-5 third hole. Looking ahead, McIlroy has his eyes set on another victory this week and the upcoming British Open at Royal Troon.

Kieffer and Li also showcased strong performances on the opening day, with Kieffer reaching 7 under before a bogey on the closing hole, and Li piling up eight birdies with a slip-up on the 18th hole.

As the tournament progresses, players like Justin Thomas, Thomas Detry, and a competitive field are set to challenge McIlroy’s lead. With only one spot left for the British Open at Royal Troon up for grabs, the competition is heating up at the Scottish Open.

The scoring was exceptionally good on the first day, with the worst score posted being a 74 from the morning wave. The Scottish Open promises high-stakes and intense competition as players strive for victory and a chance to qualify for the prestigious British Open.

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