Rory McIlroy has said he is confident with his British Open preparations despite continuing a worrying trend of following a superb opening round with a terrible second one in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday.

The 25-year-old golfer shot a course-record 64 on Thursday and a seven over par 78 on Friday, but on Saturday responded with a 68, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

"I've shot 64 and a 68 on this golf course, which are two really good scores," said McIlroy. "Yesterday was just one of those days where nothing really went right. I couldn't get any momentum.

"It would be nice to shoot another good one tomorrow [he shot a 67], but I feel good with my game and I saw enough positives in there to give me confidence going into the Open.

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"I didn't get off to the best of starts, being one over through two holes when you are looking to be one under, but after that I played really solid golf and didn't put myself in much trouble.

"I feel much more prepared going into next week. Coming in here I was hitting these shots that I needed into the wind on the range and hitting them perfectly, but today I hit a couple that weren't so good. Hitting them in practice and hitting them under the gun are two completely different things, and being able to do that over the past three days and tomorrow as well can only help going into next week.

"It's just about getting rid of these bad stretches of holes or these bad second rounds or whatever it is. If I can get rid of that, then there's no reason why I can't go next week and really contend."