Rory McIlroy to Play Irish Open and Scottish Open for the First Time Since 2017

Published 06/25/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts to his putt on the 13th green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports


Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in the next month’s Scottish Open. He will tee up at this event for the first time since 2019. And this means that he will be on the field for three consecutive weeks as he will play Irish Open, Scottish Open, and finally, the oldest major, The Open Championship. 

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The four-time major championship winner will bring more star power to a world-class field at the Scottish Open. Rory will look to improve his game and aim for a better finish before going into a major tournament. This will be his seventh appearance in this championship. He finished T34 last time he played here. Rory McIlroy was disappointed by how the course played out for that week in rain-softened conditions.

Top Players at Scottish Open along with Rory McIlroy

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May 17, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Rory Mcilroy watches a chip shot during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

The 32-year-old will join World No.1 and the reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and third, fourth, and fifth-ranked players Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Xander Schauffele. The tournament will begin on July 8 at Renaissance Club in East Lothian. 

The event will also showcase Europe’s top talent, with Ryder Cup stars like Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, and Henrik Stenson all confirmed for the event. Furthermore, reigning Race to Dubai Challenge Winner Lee Westwood is also teeing off for this event along with 12 time European Tour winner Ian Poulter.

The defending champion Aaron Rai will also join the stars along with Matt Fitzpatrick. European Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, has also committed to the Scottish Open with his vice-captains Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell. 

Notable debutants at Scottish Open 

May 14, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm plays his shot from the 12th rough during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The current leader for the race to Dubai challenge Jon Rahm will make his debut at the Scottish Open with Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Youngsters like Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris will join the stars as first-timers. The second Rolex Series event of the year has taken its traditional spot in the week before The Open Championship. Last year they had to postpone the event because of COVID-19. 

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Top players in the field

  • Jon Rahm
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Justin Thomas
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Lee Westwood
  • Padraig Harrington
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Ian Poulter
  • Will Zalatoris
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Aaron Rai

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