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Struggle: Rory McIlroy shows his frustration

Struggle: Rory McIlroy shows his frustration

Graeme McDowell is out of the Ohio tournament

Graeme McDowell is out of the Ohio tournament

Struggle: Rory McIlroy shows his frustration

Rory McIlroy mixed the sublime with the frustrating as he lost ground in the second round of the Memorial Tournament after an up and down day at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

World No.1 McIlroy clawed his way back from an awful start, which saw him three over after two holes, to card a level-par 72 in his second round to sit at two under for the tournament, seven shots off leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau, who are at nine under par.

"I'm not doing too badly," claimed the Holywood ace. "Today was just one of those days where I didn't hit good enough wedges."

World No.2 Jon Rahm, who could overtake McIlroy at the top of the world rankings if he wins this weekend, is just one shot off the lead.

It was another disastrous day for Graeme McDowell, however, as he shot a four-over-par 76 to finish his two rounds at 11 over par, a long way adrift of the cut mark.

Meanwhile, the European Tour have confirmed that Challenge Tour event the Northern Ireland Open will return to Galgorm Castle in September.

Belfast Telegraph