Rory McIlroy’s Irish Open struggles continue with another missed cut

• McIlroy, whose charity is hosting the event, finishes at +1 after 36 holes
• Jon Rahm in hunt for maiden European Tour win at 12 under par

There are few more turbulent relationships in golf than the one between Rory McIlroy and the Irish Open.

Whereas mutual affection is linked to McIlroy’s emotional success 12 months ago and the continually successful hosting of the event by the 28-year-old’s charity, Portstewart bore witness to the alternative scene on Friday. McIlroy’s 73 and one over par total comfortably meant another missed Irish Open cut – extraordinarily for the fourth time in just five years – with the tournament to be played out over the weekend minus its marquee player.

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