Rory McIlroy is hoping he does not “go through the motions” at the Scottish Open as he warms up for a home Open Championship at Portrush next week.
The four-time major winner, 30, has never won a tournament in Scotland.
McIlroy started alongside American Rickie Fowler and home favourite Robert MacIntyre at North Berwick’s Renaissance Club on Thursday.
“My second week of competitive golf is usually my best week,” said the Northern Irishman.
“It’s not as if I want to just come here and go through the motions and get myself ready. I want to play well this week.
“There’s no better preparation to compete in majors than to get yourself in contention the week before. This is a very important event to me. It’s good to get back here and re-familiarise myself with links golf.
“It’s different shots, different greens, different conditions. It’s putting from 10 yards off the greens, bump and runs; the stuff that you don’t really do week in, week out in America. A lot of us play the majority of our golf there now.”