Rory McIlroy’s poor form continued ahead of next week’s Open Championship as he missed a second straight cut at the Scottish Open.
After an opening two-over-par 74, McIlroy looked on course to survive after three birdies in an unblemished front nine - but then his form dipped.
As a double bogey at the 13th after he needed two attempts to get out of a greenside bunker halted his momentum.
His 71 left him on one over and was certain to be at least one too many.
He then needed to birdie the 18th to give himself a chance of making the weekend play but he failed to do that
“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week. My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there,” said McIlroy.
“I feel like it’s close. I’m shooting in and around par. It’s not like I’m shooting 76s or 77s.”