“It’s going to hurt for a little bit.”
Rory McIlroy cut an emotional figure following his exit from The Open. The Northern Irishman set the course record at Royal Portrush when he was 16, but had a disastrous opening round on Thursday, finishing on 8+.
The 30-year-old put in a valiant effort on Friday to try book his place in the weekend’s play, recording an impressive -6. However, the damage had already been done. McIlroy’s campaign to win a major on home soil was ended before it even got started.
He missed the cut by one shot and will play no further part in this year’s tournament – the first Open to be played in Northern Ireland since 1951.
You can watch his interview here:
"This was a week that I'd been looking forward to for a long time." 😪
An emotional Rory McIlroy speaks to Sky Sports after seemingly missing the cut at #TheOpen, despite shooting a second-round 65 at Royal Portrush. ⛳
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