Rory McIlroy missed his first cut since June as a second round of 72 was not enough at the Hong Kong Open.
The world number one, and double tour money list winner for 2012, was out of sorts towards the end of his round, finishing the final seven holes with four bogeys and a double bogey.
The defending champion had looked good over the front nine with four birdies and was in good shape at the turn to make a charge that has become as famous as Tiger Wood’s third day charge in the majors.
But from there on it all unraveled and the Irishman looked like an amateur player rather than the best in the world. His closing four putt final hole summed up his day, as the putter let him down repeatedly.
McIlroy will however have the chance to turn it around and end his season on a high as he lines up on the tee at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship next week.
The Hong Kong Open is currently led by former US Open winner Michael Campbell on nine under after the New Zealand golfer fired a second round 64.