British Open 2019: Rory McIlroy narrowly misses weekend cut

Tanya Simon
July 20, 2019

McIlroy, who is from Ireland and won The Open in 2014, admitted he was disappointed he failed to qualify.

Irish golfer Shane Lowry. The Offaly man has a share of the lead going into the weekend, sitting on -8 alongside J.B Holmes.

Koepka has not finished outside the top two in all three majors so far this season and the American is dangerously poised after another solid round of 69. According to PGA.com: "Any player in 70th place or better (including ties) makes the cut and will continue to play the final 36 holes". He bounced back with another birdie on the 14th hole before saving par from another bunker on the 15th. Extraordinary days happen; especially on links venues.

"With just how much this meant, how symbolic this weekend is, and to make sure I'm in there, this was very important to me". He still played hard, shooting 1 under on his back nine.

He wasn't the only big name to miss the cut by a shot.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson won't be around, either. "It was satisfying. I'm proud of myself to reset and get the attitude right after [Thursday's triple-bogey finish]". The cheers were as loud as he has heard. I love just the stress of playing in a Major. "You can't but smile, but can't but laugh how it is". "There's no point in shying away from it. It's an incredible feeling getting applauded on every green, every tee box".

Lucas Glover and Park Sang-hyun were three under through four and five holes of their respective third rounds, while Tom Lewis was at the same score having played 14. But he did enough in Detroit three weeks ago to regain some confidence, and he has been in a groove at Portrush. Here's what you need to know as Moving Day begins. "There's two rounds of golf on this golf course against the best field in the world". "If I could get a little bit more control of that I think I could have won some more tournaments, but I still have that opportunity".

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"The last week has been a real eye-opener for me", McIlroy said.

Fleetwood and Westwood, two Englishmen at different stages in their careers, each had a 67 and will play in the group ahead of Lowry and Holmes. "I always felt like if I can get to Sunday and get in contention I can win". You lads write about it.

"Well, one of the discussions that goes on in the equipment world is what happens to the CT or the driver, as it wears", Slumbers continued.

The experience of winning majors was behind them.

Fleetwood and Westwood both shot 67. "It was nearly as if that first tee shot settled me down a little bit. I've been looking forward to this week for a long time". McDowell qualified for his hometown championship by draining a 30-foot par putt at last month's RBC Canadian Open.

Schauffele struggled off the tee in the opening round to a three-over 74 as he hit just 6 fairways (43%), but found a better groove with his new driver on Friday on his way to a six-under 65, hitting 13/14 fairways (93%). Could this be the weekend one of them ends that drought? He's made his home here. A three-time Open champion, Woods is set to miss the cut for only the third time in his 21 appearances.

I can be very loose tomorrow, I can go out there and I've got nothing to lose. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell also were late starters, with McIlroy trying to post a great round in bad conditions as a long shot to make the cut.

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