BRETT Rumford, the winner of the Irish Open at Baltray in 2004, lasted only 14 holes of the second round before he retired due to a wrist injury.
The 34-year-old Aussie was level-par for the day but six-over for the tournament when he quit the competition.
Since his victory in Ireland seven years ago Rumford has won only once, and that was the 2007 Omega European Masters.
Another casualty was Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France, who played five holes before withdrawing because of a back problem. He was eight-over-par at that stage.