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McIlroy falls apart at Wentworth

Rory McIlroy was nowhere to be seen at Wentworth as England's James Morrison took a four-stroke lead into the third round of the BMW PGA Championship.

In a truly shocking display, the world number one not only missed the halfway cut for a second successive tournament, but was not far off last place following a nightmare 79.

It followed his early exit from the Players Championship in Florida a fortnight ago - and all this with his defence of the US Open now less than three weeks away.

McIlroy, whose week also included a club-throwing show of frustration that is likely to result in a European Tour fine, fell apart around the turn for the second day running. One-under-par and inside the cut mark after seven holes, he double-bogeyed the next and then had five bogeys in a row.

A par at the short 14th was almost a cause for celebration - he had to get up and down from sand for that - but when he double-bogeyed the next after another bad drive, only five players in the 150-strong field were below him.

In stark contrast, world number 236 Morrison, who switched to golf after playing for the England youth cricket team alongside Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan, added a sparkling 64 to his opening 68. At 12-under-par he was four clear of world number two Luke Donald, who won the title at only six under last year, and Scot David Drysdale.

Donald now needs only a top-eight finish to take the number one spot back off McIlroy. It would be the sixth change at the top in under three months.

Before the wind got up, Morrison jumped out of the shadows by following six birdies with a 25-foot eagle putt on the 539-yard last. His story is a remarkable one. The 27-year-old did not start golf until he was 16, but went from 18-handicap to scratch in 10 months.

Donald is form favourite for the title, however, after his second successive 68, while Open champion Darren Clarke crashed out as well - he has still to make a cut all year - and so did three-major winner Padraig Harrington and 2009 champion Paul Casey on his latest return from injury.

World number three Lee Westwood, out of bounds with his drive as he followed bogeys on the 15th and 16th with a double-bogey seven at the next, had to wait to see if he made it through. He birdied the last for a 75 and one-over aggregate, the expected cut mark.

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