Last Updated: 19/07/13 10:25pm
Rory McIlroy: Used most of second round to prepare for upcoming events
Rory McIlroy turned his attentions to the defence of his PGA Championship title next month after crashing out of The Open at Muirfield.
The world No 2 missed the halfway cut by four shots on 12 over par after adding a 75 to his woeful opening 79, after which he had described some of his play as "brain dead".
His hopes of qualifying for the weekend were effectively ended after he followed bogeys at the third and fourth with a double-bogey at the seventh and another shot went at the next.
To his credit, he did managed to complete the last 11 holes in one under after birdies at the ninth, 15th and 17th, and he admitted he used much of the round as preparation for the final major of the year at Oak Hill.
"I needed to get off to a fast start to have any chance of being here for the weekend," said McIlroy, who is a combined 28 over par for the three majors this season.
"I was five over through seven holes so that didn't really happen, but after that I just decided to I guess practice a little bit for the next few weeks coming up."
"I was five over through seven holes so that didn't really happen, but after that I just decided to I guess practice a little bit for the next few weeks coming up.
"I decided that I was going to hit driver every hole that I could, because that's going to be a big factor the next few weeks, and I actually drove the ball pretty well and ended up playing the last 11 holes under par.
"That was encouraging, but obviously I'm disappointed to be going home for the weekend. I guess I have a clearer picture of what I need to work on and what I need to do to put things right.
"Sometimes this game can feel further away than it actually is and obviously at the end of the first day it couldn't have felt much further away."
The 24-year-old will return to action at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in a fortnight, and he added: "I'm going to look forward to it, four really good competitive rounds there....there's no cut!
"I'm looking forward to that and it's a great prep for the PGA."
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