Wednesday 28 September 2016

Padraig Harrington the last man standing as Rory McIlroy's miserable finish rounds off Irish Black Friday

Published 30/07/2016 | 02:30

Rory McIlroy reacts after bogeying the last to miss the cut at Baltusrol last night. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy reacts after bogeying the last to miss the cut at Baltusrol last night. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

They came, they saw and, apart from Pádraig Harrington, they were all conquered.

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That's the story of the Irish golfers at the US PGA Championship after Rory McIlroy rounded off a miserable evening by bogeying the final hole to miss the cut at Baltusrol.

The putter which had failed him all week, including missing a three-footer for birdie at 16, finally came good when he holed from 25 feet on the 17th hole to leave him needing a par, on the final hole to make the projected cut of two over.

Instead, after a perfect drive, a wayward five-iron from the middle of the fairway left him in the deep greenside rough from where he chunked a chip and finished with a bogey to lie on three-over and outside the cut mark.

Shane Lowry was similarly downcast after joining Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell in missing the cut.

"I'm certainly not loving it either but it just feels like I'm getting nothing out of my golf at the minute," Lowry said. "I shot two-over yesterday and, yeah, I was happy with my birdie at the last. I was okay, happy enough with my score, finishing two-over, but I felt like I got nothing out of it.

"I feel like I'm driving well, feel like my iron play is good, feel like my short game is good enough, and I feel good on the greens and I'm five-over par.

"I'm not particularly enjoying my golf at the minute, maybe that's part of it, but I just can't put my finger on it," he said.

Lowry had added The Travelers Championship next week to his schedule but will consider his options over the weekend.

"I probably needed a good week this week to get on the Ryder Cup team and I'm not playing that now, so what's the point in playing next week? That's the way I'm feeling," he added.

Irish Independent

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