McIlroy misses Hong Kong Open cut

World number one Rory McIlroy double bogeyed his last hole to be assured of missing the halfway cut in his defence of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

McIlroy shot a disappointing two over par 72 for a five over par tally in warm but very windy conditions on the course in suburban Fanling.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

It left McIlroy lying in a share of 99th place and three shots outside the expected two over par cut-off mark as the afternoon half of the field in the $2m event took to the course.

“It’s disappointing as you never want to miss the cut and even more when you are defending a tournament,” he said.

“So it’s not the week I wanted but then I have a few days to work on my putting and try and get ready for Dubai.”

“I was four under par for my first 10 holes and only four off the lead at the time and thought if I made a couple more birdies I would be right back into contention but it went the other way.”

McIlroy dropped shots at his 12th 13th, 15th and 16th holes before taking a double bogey ‘six’ from the middle of the fairway at the par four 10th hole he was playing as his last.

“I still love this golf course and always enjoy coming back and it’s just a pity this year had to end like that,” he added.

It is the second time in his career, and both happening this year, that McIlroy has missed the cut in the defence of a tournament.

McIlroy was cut from his defence of the US Open in San Francisco with scores of 77 and 73 and his first event since also missing the cut in the European Tour flagship, BMW PGA Championship.

Denmark’s Anders Hansen posted a bogey free six under par 64 to take the clubhouse lead on seven under par.