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McIlroy forecasts 'tough' Open at Portrush

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McIlroy forecasts 'tough' Open at Portrush

McIlroy forecasts 'tough' Open at Portrush

Rory McIlroy says Royal Portrush will be a stiff test for golfers at the British Open.

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McIlroy forecasts 'tough' Open at Portrush

SHOWS: PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND, UK (JULY 16, 2019) (BBC - NO USE UK) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER BRITISH OPEN WINNER RORY MCILROY SAYING: "Depending on how firm the golf course gets there's going to be a lot of mid-irons, you've got three par fives and the two shorter par fours.

You're going to have chances for birdies but after that you've got to play really well and the rough is sort of thick at the minute as well.

It's going to be a tough test." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER BRITISH OPEN WINNER RORY MCILROY, SPEAKING ABOUT PLAYERS WHO DON'T KNOW THE COURSE, SAYING: "It's going to take a while for them to adjust and get used to it, there's a few semi-blind tee shots that they're going to have to really focus on where their lines are so I feel like it is an advantage to know the golf course a little bit." PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND, UK (RECENT) (MERCEDES VNR - ACCESS ALL) 4.

LAST YEAR'S OPEN CHAMPION FRANCESCO MOLINARI HANDING THE TROPHY BACK TO MARTIN SLUMBERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT, ORGANISERS OF THE OPEN 5.

MOLINARI AND SLUMBERS POSING FOR PICTURES WITH THE TROPHY STORY: Golf will be coming home for former British Open winner Rory McIlroy when the annual contest for the famous silver claret jug trophy is staged at Royal Portrush.

The Norther Ireland course last hosted the tournament 57 years ago and for four-time major winner McIlroy, who was born in the country, it will be a special occasion.

His compatriot Darren Clarke, winner of the Open in 2011, will hit the first tee shot at the County Antrim course on Thursday (July 18) morning.

McIlroy, winner in 2014, will play with Ryder Cup team mate Paul Casey and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.

He said he grew up watching the likes of Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods winning the claret jug.

McIlroy, 30, forecast a tough test for the world's top golfers and said knowledge of the course would be a definite advantage.

(Production: Jim Hatley)




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