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Rory McIlroy misses cut as Rickie Fowler sets pace

By Phil Casey

Published 27/02/2016

Early exit: Rory McIlroy shot 72 to finish four over par
Early exit: Rory McIlroy shot 72 to finish four over par

Rory McIlroy missed the cut as Rickie Fowler carded another flawless 66 to set the clubhouse target in the Honda Classic at PGA National.

Fowler carded four birdies and no bogeys for the second day in succession to reach the half-way mark at eight under, one shot ahead of fellow American Jimmy Walker.

Overnight joint leader Sergio Garcia had three birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to lie six under, but in the group behind former champion McIlroy struggled to a 72 to finish four over par, one shot outside the projected cut.

McIlroy, who also made an early exit 12 months ago, carded four birdies but also found water on two par threes to run up a double bogey on the 15th and a triple bogey on the fifth.

In contrast Fowler is yet to drop a single shot, although the 27-year-old admitted he was fortunate to escape with a wild drive on the first, his 10th hole of the day.

"I got a nice break on one to continue that (bogey-free run) but kept myself in it with some good up and downs, made some good putts and it was a little bit of a bonus with a birdie on the last," the world number five told PGA Tour Radio.

"I'm definitely pleased with the way I've played the last two days."

Fowler won on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi in January and was pleased to bounce back from letting another victory slip from his grasp three weeks ago in Phoenix, where he had been two shots clear with two to play before losing in a play-off to Hideki Matsuyama.

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