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Rory McIlroy set to miss first cut of the PGA Tour season at the Memorial Tournament

Rory McIlroy has missed his first cut of 2019.
Rory McIlroy has missed his first cut of 2019.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy is set to miss his first cut of the season by a single shot after a disappointing finish at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

The world number four carded a one under par 71 in his second round but, having shot three over par on Thursday, it will not be enough to make it through to the weekend with the cut mark sitting at +1.

McIlroy had made a promising start on Friday, carding two birdies in a blemish free opening 11 holes.

That brought him up to the cut mark but on the tough closing stretch, two drops shots all but ended his challenge for the week before a birdie at the 18th.

Given that he had put two of the opening three par fives to good use with well worked birdies, McIlroy will be particularly disappointed at his bogey six at the 15th, before a missed short putt meant another drop shot at the 17th.

Before this week, McIlroy had secured nine top 10 finishes in his 10 PGA Tour outings of 2019.

Meanwhile, at the US Women's Open, Cavan's Leona Maguire has missed the cut after shooting a nine over par total for her two rounds in Charleston.

With round two play suspended due to storms, Jordanstown's Stephanie Meadow is still in with a chance of making the weekend, although she needs to make up ground in her last 10 holes.

When play was suspended, Meadow was just a shot off the cut mark at +4 for the week.

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