Another Irish Open, another missed cut for Rory McIlroy, his third in a row.
Try as he might, the world number one just can’t seem to get it right on home soil.
Rory has invested so much of his own time and effort in lifting the profile of this year’s event but he won’t be playing at the weekend.
The 26-year-old followed up his opening round 80 with a level par round of 71 on Friday at Royal County Down but he still missed the cut by four shots.
“It’s disappointing. I wanted to come here and play well this week. Obviously I’m playing at home in front of a lot of friends and family, and obviously I’ve got a lot of support out here so to not play the way I wanted to was very disappointing,” said Rory.
“But I’m sort of getting used to it.This is my third year in a row missing the cut on The Irish Open. I don’t know, I think it didn’t fall in a great place in the schedule being my fifth tournament in a row but saying that, that doesn’t really make up for how I did yesterday. I felt like I played okay today. I just left myself too much to do after that 80 yesterday.
“It’s one of the tournaments of the year that I really earmarked, one that I wanted to try and do well in,” he added.
“I was just unfortunate with the double-bogey on 15, and then after that, I was trying to chase on 16 and 17. I had two great chances there and didn’t make it.”
Tyrrell Hatton and Chris Wood, Richie Ramsay, Soren Kjeldsen, Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera-Bello share the lead on three-under par.