US Open 2017: Rory McIlroy misses cut for second year


McIlroy picked up four shots in his last six holes but missed the cut at the US Open

World number two Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the US Open for the second year running.

The Northern Irishman had a one-under-par 71 in his second round on Friday but was five over par overall after a disastrous 78 in the first round.

When he finished his round at Erin Hills, the four-times major winner was four shots outside the projected cut of one over.

McIlroy was playing just his seventh tournament of 2017 due to a rib injury.

He won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but missed the cut at Oakmont last year following rounds of 77 and 71.

The 28-year-old needed to make a fast start on Friday to avoid another early exit, but missed from five feet for birdie on the 10th – his opening hole – and 12 feet on the 11th, before a poor chip from the back of the 12th green led to a bogey.

McIlroy bounced back with a birdie from 12 feet on the 13th, but carded a hat-trick of bogeys from the first to slump to nine over par.

McIlroy rallied with four birdies in his six closing holes but it was not enough to keep him in the tournament.

“I shot myself in the foot yesterday and gave myself too much to do,” he said afterwards.

Rory McIlroy and Australian world number three Jason Day missed the cut at Erin Hills in Wisconsin

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