McIlroy out as 2015 Scottish Open leads up to St Andrews

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RORY MCILROY is officially out of the British Open next week and his soccer-induced ankle injury will also see a big gap in the field at the Scottish Open this week.

However, plenty of other heavy hitters have been attracted to the event at the Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, and to the final chance to fine tune games before the big one. There are also three British Open starts up for grabs.

The field includes defending champion Justin Rose, 2013 Scottish and British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, Shane Lowry, Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald.

Mickelson previously made it a career goal to master links golf and certainly achieved that in 2013 when his won back to back to back, firstly nearby at Castle Stuart and then The Open at Muirfield a week later.

“I always love this two-week stretch,” the five time major winner said this week. “I love coming to Scotland and playing the Scottish and the British [Opens].

“It’s a special year; we have it [The Open] at St. Andrews. I’m very excited. I have my family with me again just like two years ago, and it’s just a special two weeks. Being right here at Muirfield brings back a lot of memories, as well.”

The Australian contingent is led by US PGA Tour regular John Senden and includes European Tour regulars Andrew Dodt, Scott Hend, Wade Ormsby, Richard Green and Marcus Fraser.

The Scottish Open has the added incentive of offering three additional positions at St Andrews next week to the top golfers finishing inside the top ten but not otherwise qualified.

Australian TV Times

Live Fox Sports coverage begins Thursday 7.30pm – 3.30am.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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