World No 2 Rory McIlroy misses cut at BMW Championship
World No 2 is still struggling to find consistency at flagship tournament two weeks from US Open
Associated Press in Virginia Water, England
With less than a month to go before the US Open, Rory McIlroy is still looking for his true form after missing the cut at the BMW PGA Championship.
The world No 2-ranked golfer finished with a 3-over-par 75 for the day and a 5-over total for two rounds on the West Course at Wentworth.
McIlroy was one of five 2012 European Ryder Cup winners to bow out of the tour's flagship event - joining two-time defending champion Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Paul Lawrie.
McIlroy could only manage to hit four fairways in his second round, a roller-coaster front nine of four birdies but also five bogeys. The Northern Irishman steadied to par the next seven holes but then doubled-bogeyed the 17th when he drove out-of-bounds ahead of a two-putt birdie at the last.
It is the second year in succession that McIlroy has missed the cut at Wentworth.
"It was just a tough day, and I didn't get off to the best start to be 2 over through 3," he said. "I did manage a couple of birdies to get back to level, but it was a grind.
"I was missing a lot of greens and couldn't really give myself many chances to make any shots back and obviously try to get into the weekend."
McIlroy was undecided as to whether to travel to Paris to see his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki prepare for the French Open or travel to Monte Carlo for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Donald (72) was 6 over after two rounds and had missed the 2-over-par cut by four shots in the miserable conditions.
"Even for England this weather is pretty [unseasonable], and it made the course play very tough because the last couple of years it's been very warm and the ball has travelled a lot," Donald said. "I was 9 over through 21 holes playing pretty terrible golf, really."
Poulter (76) and 8 over was planning to make the most of his free weekend, going to the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium yesterday and then to the Monaco Grand Prix today.
Lawrie was 3 over par with a 72 and McDowell was 5 over par after a 75.
McDowell's last five tournament results are now: missed cut (Masters), win (RBC Heritage), missed cut (Players Championship), win (Volvo Match-Play Championship) and missed cut (BMW PGA Championship).
"My next tournament is the US Open and I would say my preparation is perfect," he said, laughing.