VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Top-ranked Rory McIlroy will miss the cut for the second straight tournament after a spectacular second-round implosion at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.
McIlroy made seven bogeys and two double bogeys in a 7-over 79 at Wentworth to finish 9 over, an astonishing 21 strokes behind James Morrison, who leads the field at 12 under after shooting a 64.
Luke Donald is tied for second place, four shots behind Morrison, and can replace McIlroy as No. 1 in the world by finishing eighth or higher Sunday.
It was a continuation of McIlroy's struggles from Thursday, when he tossed a club in frustration on his way to a 74.
The U.S. Open champion's game fell apart completely around the turn when he dropped seven shots in six holes from No. 8 to No. 13. It revived memories of his meltdowns at last year's Masters and the 2010 British Open, when he shot 80 both times.
With McIlroy's hopes evaporated, he looked sullen and his shoulders drooped as he walked along the fairways contemplating a second straight missed cut, having succumbed to the same fate at The Players Championship in Florida two weeks ago.
It was the first time in more than two years that McIlroy has failed to make the weekend at two consecutive tournaments.
"I might have taken my eye of the ball a little bit," McIlroy said. "Maybe just haven't practiced as hard as I might have been.
"It's a week I'd like to forget."
Only 13 players in the 150-man field have returned scores higher than McIlroy in this tournament. With a quarter of the field yet to finish, the cut is projected at 1 over.
"It's something about the middle of this golf course I can't get to grips with," said McIlroy, who knew his round was in jeopardy when he bogeyed No. 10 for the second straight day. "I knew it was going to have to do something special to make the cut then."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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