Rory McIlroy disappointed by Irish Open exit at Royal Co Down

Rory McIlroy is unable to recover from his dismal opening 80 as he misses the cut at the Irish Open by four shots after a second-round 71 at Royal County Down.

"I'm very disappointed. It was one of the weeks of the year that I had earmarked that I wanted to do well in," said world number one McIlroy, who was suffering his third straight Irish Open missed cut.

McIlroy, 26, refused to blame his tournament host duties as a reason for his early exit.

"If anything it has fallen at a bad time as my fifth tournament in a row. In an ideal world I would have come in here with a bit different preparation," said the world number one.