Attack the key for Rory

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy believes he will have to play aggressively to land The Open title at Royal Liverpool this week (Rory McIlroy 16/1 – 8 places The Open Championship outright).

The Northern Irishman is seeking a maiden Open Championship title and McIlory feels he will have to attack the course at Hoylake if he is to emerge victorious.

The tournament last took place at the Merseyside course in 2006, when Tiger Woods‘ cautious approach paid dividends as he took the top prize without using his driver but McIlroy thinks a different strategy is required this year.

“With the course conditions I don’t think it’s going to be an option to hit iron off every tee box,” he is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “I think you’re going to have to be slightly aggressive off the tee, and take some things on.

“I haven’t been on the course yet. I’m going to go out after here. But from what I’ve heard it’s still pretty lush. It was quite green and quite soft the weekend before the Scottish.

“And then from what I’ve heard you guys saying yesterday it’s still pretty soft. It’s definitely a different test than what the guys faced in ’06.

“But we’ve got four par-5s that are all reachable. If you take a driver off the tee. Even 10 is probably reachable without having to hit a driver. But the ball is not going to run too much on the fairways. It’s going to run little bit. But everyone is different.

“I feel like you’ve got to be slightly aggressive off the tees here this week, just because it’s not as firm as it was back in ’06.”

McIlory is 11/4 to secure a top five finish at The Open, Woods can be backed at 7/2 and world No 1 Adam Scott is 10/3.

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