Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McDowell Is Hoping for Luck of the Irish; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McDowell Is Hoping for Luck of the Irish; GOLF

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GRAEME McDowell hopes it will be 13th time lucky in the Irish Open this weekend as Rory McIlroy made an early exit from the event for the second year in succession.

McDowell carded a second round of 66 to lie just two shots off the halfway lead held by Finland's Mikko Ilonen - who added a 68 to his opening course-record 64.

However, Ryder Cup teammate McIlroy could only manage an erratic 69 to miss the cut by a shot on one over.

"It's very frustrating," said the former world number one, who won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month. "To make six birdies and an eagle and shoot just two under means there were a lot of mistakes and wasteful shots.

"To miss the cut for the second year in a row is not a nice position to be in.

I don't know what else to say, it's very disappointing."

McIlroy needed to finish birdieeagle to qualify for the weekend and, although he duly holed from long range on the 17th and hit a brilliant escape from the trees on the last, he was unable to chip in from the front of the green. …

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