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McIlroy misses cut, Lowry falters and birdie run shoots Harrington up leaderboard

Graeme McDowell had a solid round and is the best placed of the Irish on even-par for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 14th.
Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 14th.
Image: Lynne Sladky

Updated at 23.15

RORY McILROY HAD a day to forget in Florida, the Holywood golfer registering a second successive 72 to miss the cut at the Honda Classic.

The world number three was level-par for the day after his front nine, having started on the 10th, picking up birdies on the 12th and 16th and carding a double bogey on the par-three 15th.

He was still level-par for the day when playing the fifth, his 14th of the day, when things took a turn for the worse.

His par-three troubles continued as he registered a treble-bogey six to end the 26-year-old’s hopes of staying in the tournament.

McIlroy chipped in for birdie on the following hole but the damage was done at that stage and he signed for a two-over-par 72, to leave him four-over for the tournament and one shot behind the cut-line.

There was much better news for the reigning champion, his playing partner Padraig Harrington, though, the Dubliner recovering from a shaky bogey-double bogey start to pick up seven birdies in his next 11 holes.

Two late bogeys took the gloss off a fine round from Harrington but he will be relieved to be playing this weekend after an opening-round 73.

Source: Lynne Sladky

Graeme McDowell had a solid second round, the 36-year-old dropping just one shot and picking up two birdies on his way to carding a one-under-par 69 to move to even-par for the tournament.

Shane Lowry, who was just two shots off the leaders when play began today, had a round to forget; finishing five-over for the day and dropping back to two-over for the tournament.

You can see the leaderboard here.

Rickie Fowler is leading the way on his own at eight-under-par after a second successive 66.

He’s got plenty of high-profile company with Jimmy Walker just one shot back, Sergio Garcia two behind on six-under par and Adam Scott on five-under.

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