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Graeme McDowell set to miss the cut at Scottish Open but Rory McIlroy climbs the leaderboard

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Graeme McDowell will go into next week's Open Championship at Royal Portrush on the back of two consecutive missed cuts.

The 39-year-old was on the back foot after a two over par opening round at the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club.

While there was a marked improved in his two under par second round, it won't be enough to make it through to the weekend, with the cut-mark sitting at four under par when G Mac left the course after his Friday morning round.

McDowell was in a tie for 127th at level par for his two rounds and looks likely to be able to arrive in Portrush early to gear up for the year's final major.

The Portrush man also missed the cut at last week's Irish Open, carding two 72s for a four over par total, five shots behind the mark.

Before these tournaments, he had made eight of his previous nine cuts, including a win at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and a T16th finish at the US Open.

There was better fortune for Rory McIlroy, who was inside the top 15 when he finished up at lunch-time in round two.

The Holywood golfer made it two consecutive 67s for a midway total of eight under par, six behind the leaders.

McIlroy, starting on the 10th, made the turn at two under after a bogey-free front nine and made up for a drop shot at his 11th hole with three birdies in his final five holes.

The early leaders are Lee Slattery, Erik Van Rooyen and Bernd Wiesberger, who are all in the clubhouse at 14 under par.

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