Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have both missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship after a poor two days for the Nike’s new recruit and a bizarre rules violation by the American costing him his place in the tournament.
McIlroy seemed to struggle with his new clubs, hitting a 75 today and posting a total of 150 for six over at the championship.
“I feel like I was rusty, I drove the ball badly. I just didn’t putt well either. I feel like if I can drive better the putting will improve, its going to be an afternoon with my coach on the driving range” said McIlroy after his first round yesterday but there was no improvement today even after switching back to his old putter.
Woods meanwhile thought he had made the cut but was informed by the European Tour chief referee that he had been penalised two shots after a mix-up whereby he took a free drop after his ball became caught in weeds.
The penalty put him at 75 like McIlroy with a three over total of 147 for the two days meaning he would have been safe had it not been for the violation.
Engllishman Justin Rose is eight under par behind Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen who are still playing the final stretch.
Padraig Harrington is on par after shooting 72 for both days while new Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley starts out today on five over.