Rory McIlory misses the cut at the Irish Open

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A miserable day for Rory McIlroy
A miserable day for Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the Irish Open for the third year in a row.

It was always going to be an uphill struggle for the World No 1 after his disastrous 80 yesterday but with the cut mark hovering around the plus four or plus five mark there was hope among the bumper crowd that McIlroy could shoot a 67 or 66 to make the weekend.

It started steady, with the Holywood native parring the first holes before nabbing his first birdie of the week on the short seventh.

Hope really started to rise in the hearts of fans when McIlroy birdied the 12th, moving to seven over for the tournament as the cut moved out to plus five. Two more birdies on the way home would see the local hero play the weekend at the tournament he sponsors.

But then the 15th hole undid his chances.

McIlory overshot the green on the tricky par 4 and by the time he got up and down it was a double bogey six on the card. That pushed McIlroy back to level for the day, nine over for the week and a cert for a weekend off.

A huge gallery continued to follow the multiple Major winner around the scenic dunes of Royal County Down for his final three pars, until he carded a level 71 for the day, but those with weekend tickets won't have the same honour.