- Irish Open, Round Two
McIlroy misses third cut of the year
Rory McIlroy said he felt "a little lost" after an opening round 74 at Carton House - and a level-par 72 on day two, leaving the Northern Irishman outside the cut line, will have done nothing to improve his mood.
McIlroy's topsy-turvy day, which featured five birdies matched by as many bogeys, left the world No. 2 at two-over par and means he has now missed the halfway cut in all three regular European Tour events entered this year, having headed home early at the Abu Dhabi and BMW PGA Championships.
It is also the last competitive golf McIlroy will play before the Open Championship in three weeks time.
"I have got a couple of commitments next week and the week after as well," McIlroy, speaking of his decision not to play the upcoming French or Scottish Opens, said. "If I didn't have those couple of things to do over the next couple of weeks, I probably would have added an event."
The day instead belonged to Englishman Robert Rock and American youngster Peter Uihlein, who carded rounds of 66 and 68 respectively to share the lead at nine-under par.
Rock's flawless round, which included an eagle at the par-five fourth after a stunning approach shot, was matched only by 2012 Rookie of the Year Ricardo Santos, who reached seven-under par, where he is joined by McIlroy's playing partner Shane Lowry - an Irish Open champion here as an amateur four years ago - and Ryder Cup winning captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
Also tied for third at seven-under are in-form Dutchman Joost Luiten, and overnight leader Oscar Floren. The quintuplet leads Raphael Jacquelin and Pablo Larrazabal by one.
Scots Peter Whiteford and Scott Henry are part of a six-strong group at five-under, one ahead of a pack including defending champion Jamie Donaldson, the recovering Paul Casey and England's New Kid on the Block Eddie Pepperell.
Joining McIlroy in missing the cut are fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and next year's Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley.