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In the intervening eight years Scott has preferred to spend the week before the British Open playing practice rounds at the venue for the year's third major. "I'm positive about it".

'We just tried to manage my way around the golf course and pick it apart a bit, get aggressive when we can be but play defensive at times if trouble comes, ' said American Fowler, a big fan of links golf, who hopes to win his first major at The Open next week.

"This year has been a good year already but not near as good as my second half of the season last year". "Unfortunately I had to miss it past year with the schedule, and the Olympics being part of the summer over here - it just didn't allow me to play".

Following a tie for 35th at The Players Championship in May, McIlroy went on to miss the cut at the US Open with rounds of 78 and 71.

The current world number 15 and former Masters champion is contesting the Scottish Open which begins Thursday for the first time since sharing fourth place behind Germany's Martin Kaymer at Loch Lomond in 2009.

"I'm frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week".

"It has been a busy year, hectic year, and the Scottish Open is an important part of my preparation for The Open Championship, as you know".

The Englishman was runner-up the last time the Open was held at Birkdale and he would not be Ian Poulter if he did not believe he can go one better this time around, no matter what he says about having "low expectations". Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.

Fowler, Noren and Stenson are three of four members of the world's top 10 to be appearing at the event, with the other Rory McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy's fortunes failed to improve ahead of next week's Open at Royal Birkdale after he finished the tournament one-over-par, missing the cut for a second straight tournament by two shots.

"I will win tournaments, that's for sure, but I'm not turning up trying to change my legacy".

"I feel like I'm more than capable of going down there and shooting a couple of even pars or shooting something in the 60s and getting myself into contention".

"Anything that comes my way from here would be a bonus", said Harrington, who has played just nine events in 2017 and underwent surgery on a trapped nerve in his neck in March.


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