Pictures: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fine-tune their Open prep in Ballybunion

The pair have been enjoying a round at Ballybunion Golf Course this morning.
Pictures: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fine-tune their Open prep in Ballybunion

Chasing flag sticks: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy took to Ballybunion on Thursday morning as they tuned up for next week's British Open at St Andrews. Pic: Francis Bennett

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy finetuned their preparations for The Open with a round in Ballybunion Golf Course this morning. 

Close eye: Tiger Woods tracks his ball on a day when the winds weren't at their most vicious. Pic Francis Bennett
Close eye: Tiger Woods tracks his ball on a day when the winds weren't at their most vicious. Pic Francis Bennett

The pair played in the JP McManus Pro-Am at the start of the week, and having enjoyed their two-day outing at Adare Manor,  they've stuck around the south to fit in a couple of practice holes at the coastal course.

Informed audience: Rory McIlroy is watched by an army of Ballybunion caddies. Pic Francis Bennett
Informed audience: Rory McIlroy is watched by an army of Ballybunion caddies. Pic Francis Bennett

Woods has since spoken of his admiration for the Pro-Am, saying he is already looking forward to the next outing at the Limerick course.

Getting back in the swing: Tiger Woods' Thursday round in Ballybunion continues his low-key preparations for St. Andrews. Pic Francis Bennett
Getting back in the swing: Tiger Woods' Thursday round in Ballybunion continues his low-key preparations for St. Andrews. Pic Francis Bennett

McIlroy - who currently sits as number two in the rankings - will be joined by Woods at The Open at St. Andrews next week. 

The Open tees off a week from today, on Thursday, 10th July. 

All smiles: The pair who have 19 Majors between them were in relaxed mood ahead of mixing it with a glittering field in Scotland. Pic Francis Bennett
All smiles: The pair who have 19 Majors between them were in relaxed mood ahead of mixing it with a glittering field in Scotland. Pic Francis Bennett

The pair are not the first pro-golfers to play a round in Ballybunion in the last week. 

World number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns warmed up for the Pro-Am, causing a raft of excitement among locals.

Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns arrived to tee it up on our Old Course. Pictured here with course Head Pro Brian O Callaghan and starter P.J. Houlihan. Credit: Ballybunion Golf Course / Instagram.
Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns arrived to tee it up on our Old Course. Pictured here with course Head Pro Brian O Callaghan and starter P.J. Houlihan. Credit: Ballybunion Golf Course / Instagram.

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