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Rory McIlroy targets fast start in the third round at Scottish Open after blocking out the distractions  McIlroy opened with a pair of four-under-par 67s at the ASI Scottish Open He is six shots off co-leaders Lee Slattery, Erik van Rooyen and Bernd Wiesberger Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick and Eduardo Molinari are going well at 10-under-par

By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail

Published: 20:21 BST, 12 July 2019 | Updated: 20:21 BST, 12 July 2019

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Rory McIlroy arrived at the ASI Scottish Open thinking that if he could muster four rounds of 67, he’d have a good chance of claiming his first victory in Scotland.

‘Now it looks as if I will need two more 67s to finish in the top 20!’ he said, smiling, after opening with a pair of four-under-par scores for a halfway total of 136 that has still left him six shots off the lead.

With one eye on the Open at Royal Portrush, and the historic occasion for the Northern Irishman that is looming ever closer, the 30-year-old was buoyant.

In-form Rory McIlroy in buoyant mood ahead of the Open at Royal Portrush next week

In-form Rory McIlroy in buoyant mood ahead of the Open at Royal Portrush next week

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128 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 67 61, Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa) 64 64, Lee Slattery 64 64

130 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 65 65, Nino

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