McIlroy joins star studded cast at Scottish Open to complete Open Championship preparation

Rory McIlroy has ensured that he’ll be well and truly in the swing of links golf by the time The Open Championship rolls around by adding the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to his schedule.

The Northern Irishman  joins a star-studded line up at Dundonald Links from July 13-16 that includes Open champion Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Alex Noren.

McIlroy’s season has been seriously hampered by a rib injury but as he prepares to make his second return from the sidelines this season at the US Open, the World Number Two revealed he has added the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to his summer schedule.

The Northern Irishman will play three tournaments in a row – back-to-back Rolex Series events at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open immediately followed by the Open Championship.

“I’m going to play Scottish, so I’m going to play Irish, Scottish and The Open,” said the 28 year old. “That’s a great run of three weeks of links golf and will be a great way to get ready for the Open. I’m excited about that run and to be able to play a lot of links golf in that short time frame.

“Having had such stop-start season with the injury means I need to, and really want to play golf. One thing you realise when you are injured is how much you want to play and miss playing and I need to play in events to get some momentum and hopefully knock off a couple of really big wins over the summer.”

This Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be the fourth event in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai with minimum prize funds of US$7million.

As well as a world-class field competing inside the ropes at Dundonald Links, there will be a host of entertainment for spectators to enjoy outside the ropes, including a free American Golf show, a host of family entertainment and a wide selection of food from local suppliers.

Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers competing on the Ayrshire coast – including official Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.aamscottishopen.com/tickets

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