Out-of-form McIlroy misses the cut at Scottish Open

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"I've had a bit of a schedule change this year for lots of different reasons", Scott said.

It was the world No. 4's third missed cut in his last four events - he also failed to make the weekend at the U.S. Open and last week's Irish Open - and the latest low point in an injury-affected 2017 for the four-time major victor.

The 2013 Masters champion hasn't played since missing the cut at the U.S. Open three weeks ago and will be looking to sharpen his links game with four rounds under tournament conditions ahead of Royal Birkdale.

What's worst is McIlroy got a front row seat of good friend Rickie Fowler working his way to an effortless five-under 67.

"I remember I went out with Brett Rumford and Scott Gardiner, another player on tour, that night".

Rory McIlroy vented his anger with an F-Bomb en route to shooting an opening 2-over 74 at the Scottish Open.

His 9-under two-day total puts him in a three way tie at the top of the standings alongside Germany's Alexander Knappe and England's Callum Shinkwin. It was found by a scorer in an unplayable lie, so Harrington took a penalty drop, hacked out and made the putt.




Noren, who turned 35 on Wednesday, tees up in the first round sitting in ninth place in the world rankings having captured a ninth Tour title in May courtesy of a sizzling final day and equal career low round of 62 that saw him win the BMW PGA Championship.

"Seven would have been a good score there", said Harrington, who won the British Open in 2008 on the last occasion it was held at Royal Birkdale the venue for the major next week.

This week's Scottish Open is the fourth of the Series which offers US$7,000,000 minimum purses and are created to attract the world's best players to Europe.

He was back pedalling early in bogeying his second and third holes before landing his second short at the 13th or his fourth hole short, and only to see the ball roll back into a burn for a double.

McIlroy, who also missed the cut at last week's Irish Open at Portstewart, needed to birdie the 18th to give himself a chance of squeezing into weekend, but he was unable to get up and down from just off the green as he missed an eight-foot putt.

From 4 over after four holes, McIlroy recovered to 1 over after 16, with three of his four birdies coming via tap-ins on par fives.

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