London - Rory McIlroy insisted he would not be too hard on himself after
crashing out of the European Tour's PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.
missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78 -
only the third time in 45 events he has failed to make the weekend.
the world No 1 out of the equation Italy's Francesco Molinari
takes a one-shot lead into the weekend after adding a 69 to his first
round 65 for a two-round total of 134, 10-under par.
Byeong Hun An, the US Amateur winner in 2009, made the most significant
jump up the leaderboard with a second-day 64 to leave himself a shot
off Molinari's mark.
An could have tied for the lead but after
finding sand off the tee on the par-5 18th he took three to get down
from short of the green.
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand are on 8-under, two off the lead, with
England's James Morrison a further shot back one ahead of Miguel Angel
Jimenez and Robert Karlsson.
But McIlroy's shock exit dominated the day at the European Tour's flagship event which he won last year.
who was one-under par overnight, had a nightmare day, missing seven
fairways off the tee and finishing with a two-round total of 149,
"I'm not angry," McIlroy told reporters. "A little
disappointed I'm not going to be here for the weekend, but if there was
any weekend to miss, coming off the back of three good weeks in the
States, I'm probably in need of a little bit of a rest.
"As I said, I'd still rather be here but it's not all bad getting to go home for the weekend.
time you're defending a title, you want to come back and give it a
valiant effort. This week wasn't really that. I will just dust myself
off and get ready for next week at The Irish Open," continued the
"I'm not going to read too much into it. It was
inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an
end. I'm sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn't great before I
won last year and it hasn't been great after. It is what it is.
much rather be here for the weekend and try to win another tournament.
If anything good comes out of this, it's just that I get a little bit of
a rest over the next couple of days, and feel a bit fresher for what's
going to be a really big week for me next week."
started badly with bogeys at the third and sixth holes and with his
errant driving limiting his birdie chances he was struggling to make any
He dropped four shots in four holes from the 10th, making
a double bogey six at the 11th and his round was summed up at the par-5
The Northern Irishman found a poor lie in the rough off the
tee, hacked out just short of the water guarding the green and chipped
up to the putting surface.
But a sloppy first putt left him a tricky six-footer to save par and when that missed he signed for a 78.
was the hot favourite for this tournament when he arrived here with two
wins in America this season and one in Dubai already in the locker.
Leading and selected scores from the second round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday (par 72)
134 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 65-69
135 - Byeong Hun An (KOR) 71-64
136 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 71-65, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-66,
137 - James Morrison (ENG) 71-66
138 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 68-70, Robert Karlsson (SWE) 67-71
139 - Ignacio Garrido (ESP) 71-68, Joost Luiten (NED) 72-67, Alex Noren (SWE) 72-67
- Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 69-71, Luke Donald (ENG) 70-70, Victor Dubuisson
(FRA) 71-69, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 69-71, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 71-69,
Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 74-66
141 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)
72-69, Oliver Farr (WAL) 72-69, Branden Grace (RSA) 73-68, Gregory
Havret (FRA) 70-71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 70-71, David Lipsky (USA)
75-66, Shane Lowry (IRL) 74-67, Chris Wood (ENG) 68-73
Magnus Carlsson (SWE) 72-70, George Coetzee (RSA) 72-70, Nicolas
Colsaerts (BEL) 69-73, Bradley Dredge (WAL) 71-71, Scott Jamieson (SCO)
74-68, Julien Quesne (FRA) 72-70, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 74-68, Graeme
Storm (ENG) 78-64, Marc Warren (SCO) 68-74, Danny Willett (ENG) 71-71,
YE Yang (KOR) 68-74
143 - Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 70-73, Martin Kaymer (GER) 72-71, Justin Rose (ENG) 71-72
144 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 72-72
- Darren Clarke (NIR) 74-71, Ernie Els (RSA) 72-73, Matteo Manassero
75-70, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 74-71, Prom Meesawat (THA) 71-74, Lee
Westwood (ENG) 72-73
147 - David Howell (ENG) 76-71, Richie Ramsay (SCO) 71-76
148 - Simon Khan (ENG) 74-74
149 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) 71-78
150 - Wade Ormsby (AUS) 73-77
151 - Brett Rumford (AUS) 72-79
168 - Jin Jeong (KOR) 85-83