IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — It started with a shout of “FORE LEFT!” and ended with a 7-foot putt that didn’t come close to finding the cup.
Rory McIlroy is making an earlier-than-planned journey to Royal Birkdale for next week’s British Open after missing the cut at the Scottish Open following a 1-under 71 in his second round on Friday. He was 10 shots off the lead after two days that exposed the current frailties in his wedge play and putting.
It was the world No. 4’s third missed cut in his last four events — he also failed to make the weekend at the U.S. Open and the Irish Open — and the latest low point in an injury-affected 2017 for the four-time major winner.
“I’m just waiting for something,” McIlroy said. “Waiting for something, some sort of spark. Just something to go right, and the last couple of weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it…