McIlroy ready for home crowd
Rory McIlroy insists he will not let the adoration of his home fans affect his performance as the Open heads to Royal Portrush.
The world number three is preparing to try and land his second Open title his first major since 2014.
McIlroy knows the venue very well having grown up not far away from the course and will no doubt have adoring fans cheering him on as he looks to continue a strong year, having won The Players Championship and the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.
Attempting to win his fifth major, McIlroy insists that any fan attention will not affect his game.
"Luckily this is not my first rodeo. It's going to be my 11th Open Championship," McIlroy said.
"It doesn't matter whether it's at Portrush or St Andrews or Carnoustie or Birkdale or wherever, it's the Open Championship.
"You have to treat it like that and it's almost like you can't let your mind wander, can't let yourself think. You have to really focus on the job in front of you."
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