The 148th Open: Will Rory McIlroy win The Open at Royal Portrush?
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 16/07/19 1:38pm
Rory McIlroy heads to Royal Portrush as one of the favourites for Open victory, but will the Northern Irishman be able to register a fifth major title this week?
McIlroy is looking to impress on home soil and win the Claret Jug for the first time since 2014, at a venue where he shot the course record as a 16-year-old.
The 30-year-old is already a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, having followed victory at The Players with another at the Canadian Open, with McIlroy now chasing a maiden title on European soil since the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
McIlroy has an impressive record at golf's original major, with top-five finishes in his last three appearances since missing the 2015 contest through injury, with the world No 3 now bidding to join the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Phil Mickelson as five-time major champions.
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