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Frustrated McIlroy rues 'silly mistakes' after missing Irish Open cut once again

A deflated Rory McIlroy admitted he needs to eliminate "silly mistakes" from his game after missing the cut in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the fourth time in five years.

After labouring to an opening 72 on a day when 105 of the 156-strong field broke par, defending champion McIlroy could only add a second round of 73 at Portstewart Golf Club to finish one over par.

The world number four's frustrations boiled over when he slammed his driver onto a tee marker following a poor drive on the seventh, his 16th hole of the day, but it was a clumsy double-bogey six on the next which sealed his fate.

Playing partner Jon Rahm showed McIlroy how it was done in just his second regular European Tour event, the world number 11 carding a 67 to finish 12 under par, a shot behind halfway leaders Daniel Im and Benjamin Hebert.

"I felt like I was battling well, two under through 13 and with another par five coming up," said McIlroy, who had started from the 10th and covered the back nine in 35 before picking up a shot on the fourth.

"To bogey the par-three sixth took the wind out of my sails a nd to not birdie the seventh was the final nail in the coffin. I was a bit deflated.

"It's disappointing because I felt like I was playing well coming into the week and I need to do some practice over the weekend and get ready for next week's Scottish Open.

"My short game is not sharp enough and I'm making silly mistakes. I'm not being very efficient with my scoring which is making it difficult for myself. Maybe a little bit of course management as well. A couple of times I tried to go at pins I shouldn't have and paid the price.

"I t's the simple things I haven't been doing well. I can hit a five iron from 220 yards into the middle of the green, but I can't get it up and down from 30 feet.

" I don't feel like there's so much wrong. I just have to keep at it and stay patient and keep practising. I feel like I'm working on the right things and need to stay on one path and not try to change ideas."

McIlroy was playing just his ninth tournament of an injury-plagued season and admitted being the event host did not allow him to prepare as he usually would.

But the 28-year-old added: "I don't want to make it an excuse because I played a lot of golf last week, I played well in the pro-am and I just did not get it together.

"Even with being busy on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I should be able to go out there and shoot two scores in the 60s standing on my head the way the conditions were.

" It's been a really frustrating year. I need to play more. I feel like I'm starting on a run of doing that and I'm going to play a lot of events over the summer. But I really need to get my game in order if I want to challenge in them."

Since turning professional less than a year ago, Rahm has claimed his first PGA Tour title and racked up a string of impressive performances, including finishing third and second in his first two World Golf Championship events.

And the 22-year-old now has the chance of following in the footsteps of fellow Spaniards Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia in winning the Irish Open.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 16th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 16th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Shane Lowry on the 8th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell on the 8th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Spain's Jon Rahm in action in the rough during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke in action on the ninth fairway during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Spain's Jon Rahm on the 16th tee during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
A policeman watches Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 10th fairway during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 16th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Spain's John Rahm (left) and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 18th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 15th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll, wife of Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Erica Stoll, wife of Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Daniel Im of the United States tees off on the 1st hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a putt on the 14th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits his second shot on the 14th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his third shot on the 16th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Police boats providing extra security around the course during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 17th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Jon Rahm of Spain looks down the 13th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan prepares to hit his second shot on the 11th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 7, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Rory McIlroy and wife Erica arrive at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Rory McIlroy and wife Erica arrive at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Doing the scores are Adam McClements and Glen Robinson.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 18th Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im putts to hold for par on the 18th green and finished his round 8 under Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jimmy Nesbitt. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Miss NI Anna Henry. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Oliver Fisher on the 16th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart during round one
Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy in action Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy in action Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy in action Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy in action Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Thomas Pieters and Shane Lowry on the 16th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Shane Lowry on the 16th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Graeme McDowell playing on the 14th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Thomas Pieters and Shane Lowry on the 16th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Mathew Southgate at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Graeme McDowell playing on the 14th hole during round one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Shane Lowry on the11th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Graeme McDowell playing on the11th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello on the11th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 Thomas Pieters putting on the13th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 England's Matthew Southgate on the 16th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
Pacemaker Press 6/7/2017 Tommy Fleetwood at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart this afternoon. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th July 2017 England's Justin Rose on the 13th hole during round 1 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Branding on from the 16th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 9th fairway Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. View from the 1st tee as Peter Uihlein tees off Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Branding on from the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Brooks on the 9th fairway Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Fans watch the action on the 9th fairway Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Simon Khan plays out of the rough Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. José María Olazábal on the 17th tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open isn't going far for 2018.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Peter Uihlein on the 17th tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Branding on from the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Peter Uihlein on the 17th tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Andres Romero on the 17th tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com
Day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy in action Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

"If I was able to join them it would be absolutely amazing," Rahm said. "There's still a ton of golf to be played and hopefully I keep playing the same level I've been playing."

England's Matthew Southgate and Oliver Fisher were a shot behind Rahm on 11 under alongside New Zealand's Ryan Fox, the son of former All Blacks fly-half Grant.

And a late start on Saturday means Fox will be able to watch the final Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions.

"I'm going to be a bit biased here and think the Lions might have poked the bear a little bit," said Fox, who won in Northern Ireland on the Challenge Tour last season. " The All Blacks are generally pretty good about fronting up after they have been beaten and Eden Park is their fortress.

"I might be the only one hoping for a home win but I'll be wearing my All Blacks jersey for sure."

After McIlroy's exit there was more bad news for home fans when Graeme McDowell double-bogeyed the 18th to also miss the cut, while f ormer Masters champion Danny Willett withdrew for the third time in his last five events with an ongoing back injury.

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