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McIlroy hopes to rise to Open challenge

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy acknowledges there are high expectations of him for the Open Championship after his US Open win, but admits he also puts pressure on himself to do well.

McIlroy will play alongside Ernie Els and rising American star Rickie Fowler in the opening round of the 140th Open on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Holywood is likely to start as favourite after his stunning US Open triumph at Congressional but has not played a competitive round since his first major success.

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