It's been a bad week for Rory McIlroy, but it ended for him on Friday as he missed the cut at the Irish Open at Carton House G.C.
McIlroy shot even-par 72 in the second round, however, that left him well off the cut line and without a paycheck this week. He ends the two days 11 shots behind co-leaders American Peter Uihlein and Englishman Robert Rock.
After his opening 74, McIlroy said he was feeling "lost" and that his ballstriking is off. Add in what McIlroy described as "suffocating" pressure to win his national open, in which he has typically struggled, and there you have the formula for the second missed cut for McIlroy in his last four starts.
May and June are the two worst months of the year for the world No. 2. While he has won a major in those months, the 2011 U.S. Open, the Ulsterman plays his most volatile golf during those months.
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With the turn of the calendar to July, however, McIlroy shifts his attention to Muirfield and the 2013 Open Championship.