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Rory McIlroy misses cut at Irish Open after even-par round

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Rory McIlroy can't overcome his first round 9-over 80 at Irish Open and misses cut.PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy can’t overcome his first round 9-over 80 at Irish Open and misses cut.

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy has missed the cut for the second week in a row, stumbling out of the Irish Open on Friday after failing to make up for a disastrous first round.

It is the third straight year that McIlroy misses the cut at his home tournament, which he hosts.

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The Northern Irishman required at least a 68 Friday to compensate for his 9-over 80 on Thursday at the challenging Royal County Down. He sank a 30-foot putt on the seventh hole for his first birdie of the tournament, but his struggles resumed after that and he finished with a level-par 71.

Rory McIlroy looks for his ball in the deep rough following his tee shot on the 18th hole Friday.Peter Morrison/AP

Rory McIlroy looks for his ball in the deep rough following his tee shot on the 18th hole Friday.

Four players shared the lead with Friday’s round still underway.

McIlroy also missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.

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