Rory McIlroy to defend his Scottish Open title the week before The Open

Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will defend his Scottish Open title ahead of the 152nd Open next week at the Renaissance Club from July 11-14.

McIlroy, 34, won his first Scottish Open title last year, defeating Scotland's Robert McIntyre by one shot in the final two holes. He also became the first player to win the Scottish Open, Irish Open and The Open.

„Winning the Genesis Scottish Open for the first time last season was special,” said McIlroy. „Winning the National Open is always remarkable, and to do it on the golf course with great support from the Scottish fans made it a memorable week.”

The Scottish Open typically attracts a strong field from the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, giving players the opportunity to earn points in both the Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup stages.

McIlroy and others will follow this year's Scottish Open to The Open at Royal Troon.

He is ranked No. 2 in the world behind Scotty Scheffler. McIlroy opened the year with a tie for second at the Dubai Invitational before winning the Dubai Desert Classic. He made his first appearance since 2018 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week, but struggled to a T66 in the weather-shortened event.

After winning the Scottish Open last year, McIlroy finished sixth in his 151st Open.

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