McIlroy yearns for victory in Scotland


The 34-year-old Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland has already won 36 tournaments worldwide as a professional player since 2007.

It was in America, Europe, Australia, Asia and elsewhere, but a victory in Scotland, the home of golf, still eludes him.

McIlroy has so far failed to even finish in the top ten in the Scottish Open. He was third in the Dunhill Links tournaments decided in Scotland three times and finished in the top five four times in the British Open, which was played in Scotland.

That’s why Mcllroy is so keen to put things right on Sunday morning in the final round of this year’s Scottish Open, which is played at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick in Scotland.

McIlroy is on 197 shots (-13) as the leader in the final round, one stroke ahead of young Korean Joo-Hyung Kim.

The tournament went on under driving rain, thunderstorms and strong winds, but McIlroy remained calm and composed.

Kim is followed by Brian Harman (America) and Tommy Fleetwood (England) on 199 strokes (-11) with the world’s top ranked player, the American Scottie Scheffler, his compatriots Eric Cole and JT Poston, Byeong-Hun Am ( Korea) and Shane Lowry (Ireland) all together on 200 (-10).

South Africa’s Garrick Higgo (206, -4) and Erik van Rooyen (208, -2) also compete in the last tournament before the upcoming British Open at Royal Liverpool.

* In the European Aramco team tournament decided at the Centurion Country Club outside London, South Africa’s Nicole Garcia (-4) is second after the second round, but five shots behind the leader, Nelly Korda (America) who is on – 9 ended.

The tournament, which is decided over three rounds, is also disrupted by strong winds.

Sofie Bringner from Sweden and Yuri Onishi from Japan are joint third at -3, with another South African, Casandra Alexander, firmly in 11th position, equal on par.

Korda completed the second round in 69 strokes and Garcia filled 71 strokes on her scorecard.

* In the US LPGA Series’ Dana-Open played at Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio, Linn Grant of Sweden has a six-shot lead of 195 (-18) ahead of Emily Kristine Pederson (Denmark), Allisen Corpuz ( America), Maria Fassi (Mexico), Matilda Castren (Finland) and Stephanie Kyriacou (Australia) who all finished on 201 (-12) in the clubhouse.

Annie Park of America and Min-Jin Lee of Australia are joint seventh at 202 (-11).