Rory McIlroy says 'confidence is as high as it has been for a while' ahead of 150th Open

Rory McIlroy is feeling good about his chances of winning a second Open Championship next week, with the Northern Ireland star in great form of late.

Rory McIlroy is heading to St Andrews full of confidence, with the Northern Irishman building up some sturdy form in recent months.

Having won the tournament back in 2014, McIlroy has only added the US PGA to his major honours list since, but eight years on he's feeling good about his chances of lifting more silverware.

"I'm playing well, my form is good and my confidence is as high as it has been for a while," McIlroy said in his pre-tournament press conference.

"I can't come here thinking it might be my turn (to win another major) but I'm happy with where everything is at.

"I can't get ahead of myself, I just have to get in the right frame of mind for Thursday morning."

McIlroy was unable to defend his Open title at St Andrews in 2015 due to an ankle injury suffered playing football, but did finish third at the venue in 2010.

On that occasion McIlroy carded a record-equalling opening 63, but shot 80 in the second round played in terrible conditions for the later starters.

Asked about the prospect of record low scores this week, he added: "I don't think we are going to see it. You can bomb it and get close to the greens but that doesn't necessarily mean you are going to make birdies.

"I can see it (the winning total) being low, but I can't see something in the 20 under range. Everyone has seen how firm and fast the fairways are and it's going to get pretty tricky at the end of the week."

There's now just two days to go until the start of the tournament, with action at St Andrews scheduled to start on July 14.

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