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What should we make of Rory McIlroy missing a second straight cut?

May 29, 2015

What to make of Rory McIlroy missing the cut at the Irish Open? Especially after doing the same at the BMW PGA the week before? And especially after sealing his fate with an opening 80 at Royal County Down?

As far as the short term? Not much. McIlroy got a little off, which turned into frustration that caused the bad to become worse. He's probably only a refresher session with Michael Bannon, a little cogitating and a couple of good nights of sleep from getting back to the player who won twice earlier this month. And who should go into the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as the favorite.

But long term, we have seen some patterns from McIlroy that have been repeated enough to draw a reasonably filled-in portrait of the nature of his greatness and who he is as a golfer.