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Wedge woes leave McIlroy on the brink at Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy is still trying to find his spark after being let down by some poor wedge play in the opening exchanges of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

The four-time major champion carded a two-over par 74 after dropping four shots in his first four holes. This latest disappointment will surely sting for McIlroy, whose below-par performances keeps his hopes of regaining his ebbing form alive.

Despite much talk of how hard he’d been working at his wedge play, McIlroy found bunker after bunker. It then went from bad to worse for the World No.4 as he dumped his approach at the 13th, semi-duffed his chip and took a double-bogey 6. To his credit, McIlroy covered the remaining 14 holes in two-under, picking up three of the four birdies he made at par-5s.

McIlroy is once again in danger of missing the cut, and if he wants to play well at this year’s Open Championship at Birkdale, the Northern Irishman will need a serious injection of form. And he needs it fast.

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