In Summary
  • McIlroy was one under for his round with two holes to play but a double-bogey six on the 17th ended any chance of his playing all four days, leaving him one-over-par 73 for the second round.
  • That saw the current world number four four shots shy of the projected three under cut-off mark in the $7 million event.

PORTSTEWART

Rory McIlroy's British Open preparations were in disarray Friday after the former world number one missed the cut at the Irish Open.

McIlroy was one under for his round with two holes to play but a double-bogey six on the 17th ended any chance of his playing all four days, leaving him one-over-par 73 for the second round.

That saw the current world number four four shots shy of the projected three under cut-off mark in the $7 million event.

It was the second time in three years the defending Irish Open winner had missed the halfway cut and the fourth occasion in the past five years McIlroy will sit out the weekend rounds in the premier Irish event.

"My short game in general is not good as I am making silly mistakes, so it is not good," he said.

"Today, I was four yards short of the green on 16 but then managing to get it up-and-down from there from the middle of the fairway, so little stuff like that is so huge for momentum.

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