Rory McIlroy will 'bounce back', says Rickie Fowler

Bernhard Langer has won the Senior Players the past three years

"I'm frustrated, but at the same time I thought I saw some good signs out there", McIlroy said.

The world number four finished in style with a 64 at the Travelers Championship to salvage a tie for 17th, before going on to miss another cut at his home Irish Open with rounds of 72 and 73.

The 2013 Masters champion hasn't played since missing the cut at the U.S. Open three weeks ago and will be looking to sharpen his links game with four rounds under tournament conditions ahead of Royal Birkdale.

Playing alongside McIlroy, 2015 champion Rickie Fowler carded five birdies in a bogey-free 67.

"I remember I went out with Brett Rumford and Scott Gardiner, another player on tour, that night". Ilonen, an afternoon starter, was giving his post-round interviews just as rain began to fall for the first time in an opening round that featured a sometimes-fierce breeze off the Ayrshire coast in western Scotland. He made five birdies during a six-hole stretch from the first to rocket up the leaderboard. And again, it's just putting it all together, not just for one day but for four days and to do it week-in and week-out. 1-6 and was delighted that a decision to use a new set of irons this week paid off.

Fowler - who has frequently excelled at Links golf - opened with a more-than respectable 67 to lie on five under alongside Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Paul Peterson, Andrew Dodt and Callum Shinkwin.

Adam Scott swells the regular ranks of Australians on the European Tour this week when he tees up at the Scottish Open as part of his final preparations for The Open Championship.

Eight of the world's top 23 have chosen to play competitive golf at the Scottish Open rather than practice in the week leading up to Royal Birkdale. On his third and fourth holes, he was in the middle of the fairway and less than 100 yards out, yet fell short and right with his approaches the latter into a burn to necessitate a drop for a double-bogey.

Adam Scott is playing the event for the first time since 2009, while Rickie Fowler — the 2015 Scottish Open champion — is back after missing past year because of the busy summer schedule arising from golf being played at the Olympics.

"It was very much a sign of the frustration that was building", admitted Shinkwin, who beat Matt Fitzpatrick to win the English Amateur title in 2013 and played alongside the three-time European Tour victor in the Walker Cup later that year.

From 4 over after four holes, McIlroy recovered to 1 over after 16, with three of his four birdies coming via tap-ins on par fives.

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