Jun 15, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy tees on the third tee during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club - #2 Course. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Scottish Open: Phil Mickelson's Win Swayed Rory McIlroy to Play

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Rory McIlroy has been in the news in recent weeks, though not for action on the golf course, rather off the course in his personal life spread across the major tabloids.

A recent ‘Lads Trip’ to the Spanish island of Ibiza after the Irish Open certainly had some heads turned as his form on-course has not made as much news recently as his form away from the course.

In spite of all the recent media attention, McIlroy has turned his focus to the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen after a five year absence from the event. The Northern Irishman decided he would prepare for The Open Championship in the same manner as Phil Mickelson did last season, completing the now known ‘U.K. Double’. 

Crediting Mickelson’s success to his willingness to play the week before in hopes of producing the same results.

“Phil definitely opened the eyes of a lot of guys,” said McIlroy in a recent interview with Sky Sports. “I played the first two rounds with him at Muirfield and I could see he was ready.

“He was sharp, he had played a competitive week the previous week, he won obviously, but he just looked like he was ready for the links challenge and everything that it was going to present us with.

“So, even this time last year I was sort of thinking, I think I might play the Scottish next year. That’s not just me. You look at the likes of Justin Rose, even Luke’s played a few.

“I bumped into Rickie Fowler this morning, Jimmy Walker, there are a few guys that Phil has really influenced to come over here and play some links golf.”

Funny how watching another guy, the competition, have that sort of success and what it will do to your mind set in regards to your own game and goals.

Will teeing it up at Royal Aberdeen reap the same benefits as it did for Mickelson in 2013?

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