Apparently Rory McIlroy really is “feeling a bit lost” right now. The latest indication of his disorientation is the fact that he missed the cut at the Irish Open on the European Tour. He finished the week at two over par, but unfortunately for McIlroy, the cut line was set at even par. “It was a tough day,” McIlroy told the Irish Times after the round. “My short game wasn’t good; wedges weren’t good, didn’t hole the putts. It always meant that I was, you know, just watching the cut line all day and that never gave me any freedom to go forward.”
This should come as no surprise, as this has been the way of things for the Ulsterman this year. He plays well for a brief spell and then completely screws the pooch for a couple of weeks, only to go back to playing well again. McIlroy is by far the best golfer in the world that plays so inconsistently. Obviously these guys aren’t going to be able to be at the top of their games every week, but the disparity between McIlroy’s highs and lows is absolutely mind-boggling.
For what it’s worth, however, McIlroy wasn’t the only big name to miss the cut at Carton House Golf Club this week. He will be accompanied to the exit by Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke. Just because they missed the cut doesn’t mean that it’s ok for McIlroy, however. If they jumped off a bridge, would he?
The timing for this poor exhibition of golfing ability is unfortunate, as well, seeing as the British Open is a mere three weeks away. If McIlroy wants to have any hope of contending, he’s going to have to get things turned around – and quickly.