Rory McIlroy plays down poor form after missed cut at Scottish Open

Zach Johnson an Open winner will be in the Midwest the week before he heads to Royal Birkdale

His struggles with his wedge play were apparent once more, as he barely gave himself a look at getting the necessary two birdies. All day, I made two birdies on par fives and I hit two seven irons on my 10th and 11th hole, the first and second hole, in pretty close. Knappe, a Challenge Tour graduate previous year, was out in 30 with six strokes gained in five holes on his way to matching the low round of the week. A good chip and run took him to within five feet of the flag but a woefully awry putt that assured an early exit just about summed up his week.

McIlroy, who missed the cut at his Foundation hosted Irish Open last week, added: "I'm frustrated, but at the same time I thought I saw some good signs out there".

"No, I am not surprised at all to be in this position after what has happened in my season this year", he said."Not even close to being surprised as I know this will happen pretty regularly though I can not do it on demand so I can not tell you if it will happen next week or the week after but it will happen".

"And they say, 'Well, if I can win one more tournament.' And I was thinking, you've already done everything you're going to do, one more tournament is not going to change it".

If McIlroy was unable to make the most of the favourable conditions, the same was not true of Harrington.

The Dundonald Links course is a 7,242-yard, par-72 layout that was designed by the highly acclaimed Kyle Phillips, whose creations also include Kingsbarns, one of the three venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Yesterday it was the turn of his driver to start playing up as he missed several fairways on his way to a one under par 71 that was not enough to prevent another weekend off.

Turnberry is one of the courses on the British Open rotation. American Paul Peterson and veteran Padraig Harrington joined the group late in the day.

"65 is the round of the season, really", said Ilonen, who beat his previous best 2017 effort by three shots.

Shinkwin, who is only 24, sank six birdies and dropped just two shots across the day as he aims to clinch his first professional title, having only previously triumphed as an amateur. Poulter's year has been ruined by an arthritic big toe, but he was back to his mercurial best with a combative round of 69.

On the US PGA Tour, Seamus Power holed a testing six-footer for par on the last to help him towards the cut in the John Deere Classic.

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