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Rory McIlroy ready for Open challenge

US Open champion Rory McIlroy believes he can cope with the added pressure he will face at Royal St George's this week.

He has been at the course since Tuesday and claims that the three-week break following the US Open has left him refreshed and raring to go.

The 22-year-old is hoping to claim his second major and become the youngest Open champion since 1893 just a few weeks after becoming the youngest winner of the US Open since 1923.

He said: "The first ten days after winning the US Open, it was a bit hectic trying to see friends and family and going here, there and everywhere.

"But the last ten days have been good - I've got back into my routine and been practising a lot. I feel as if my preparation has been really good."

McIlroy is the new big thing in sport and has been living the high life since his US Open win, attending Wimbledon twice as well as the David Haye fight in Hamburg.

He is widely tipped to win this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

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