By Adam Hathaway, AFP
WENTWORTH, United Kingdom–Rory McIlroy insisted he would not be too hard on himself after crashing out of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday. McIlroy missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78 �X only the third time in 45 events he has failed to make the weekend. With the world number one out of the equation Italy’s Francesco Molinari takes a one-shot lead into the weekend after adding a 69 to his first round 65 for a two-round total of 134, 10-under par. Korea’s Byeong Hun An, the U.S. Amateur winner in 2009, made the most significant jump up the leader board with a second-day 64 to leave himself a shot off Molinari’s mark. An could have tied for the lead but after finding sand off the tee on the par-5 18th he took three to get down from short of the green.
Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand are on 8-under, two off the lead, with England’s James Morrison a further shot back one ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Robert Karlsson. But McIlroy’s shock exit dominated the day at the European Tour’s flagship event which he won last year. McIlory, who was one-under par overnight, had a nightmare day, missing seven fairways off the tee and finishing with a two-round total of 149, five-over par. ��I’m not angry,�� McIlroy told reporters. ��A little disappointed I’m not going to be here for the weekend, but if there was any weekend to miss, coming off the back of three good weeks in the States, I’m probably in need of a little bit of a rest.