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Three years after virtually giving up on links golf, a more mature Rory McIlroy appears ready to give it another chance. McIlroy tamed blustery conditions on day one of the Scottish Open to shoot a 7-under 64 on Thursday, giving him a one-stroke lead and showing his links game is in great shape ahead of next week’s British Open at Hoylake. After rolling in eight birdies – six of which came in a stunning seven-hole spell, a smiling McIlroy said “I feel I am as prepared as I have ever been to play this type of golf.”



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