Posted July 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
From a high of winning the U.S. Open to a low of missing the cut at a British Open, Justin Rose has gone through the whole range of golfing emotions in the space of a month. Rose joined a list of high-profile players that won't be at Muirfield this weekend after shooting 6-over 77 on Friday to finish on 10 over after two rounds. The cut was made at 8 over, meaning Luke Donald (10 over), Rory McIlroy (12 over) and top-30 players Matteo Manassero (15 over) and Nick Watney (10 over) go home, too. Rose is the first reigning U.S. Open champion to miss the cut at the British Open since Lucas Glover in 2009, with his decision to take three weeks off to digest his victory at Merion backfiring on a viciously difficult Muirfield course. ''I wasn't quite prepared to play the U.S. Open again,'' said the third-ranked Rose. ''Golf humbles you all the time.'' The bouncy fairways and lightning-fast greens at Muirfield reduced many of the world's best players to the role of a Sunday morning-hacker. There was no let-up to the woes of McIlroy, with the two-time major winner and world No. 2 shooting 75 to go with his first-round 79. He greeted a birdie 4 at No. 17 with a fist-pump, entirely in gest. ''That was a very big putt for me,'' he said, laughing. ''It was a bit like (there was) sympathy for me out there.'' Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium six-putted on the bone-dry 15th green - and missed the cut by a stroke on 9 over. Multiple major winners Tom Watson (11 over) and Vijay Singh (12 over) disappeared, as did Jim Furyk (10 over) and Rickie Fowler (12 over). And there was no triumphant return to Muirfield for Nick Faldo, who won here in 1987 and 1992. He departed on 15 over. Unlike Faldo, there will be plenty more opportunities for Rose at his home Open. ''It's just a bad week,'' Rose said. ''To be honest, there are so many variables out on that golf course, I'm not even going to take it seriously, give myself a hard time. I'm not looking too deeply into it. ''The preparation has been unusual for me, having three weeks off. That was always going to be the slight unknown, I'm afraid ... I spent 2 weeks with my kids. Had a life. And enjoyed it. No regrets.''

McIlroy putts across entire green into bunker

As has been standard operating procedure for the young man for some time now, Rory McIlroy once again struggled mightily during tournament play on Thursday during the first round of the British Open at Muirfield. Rory carded a 79 during a disastrous round, leaving him already eight over par after eighteen holes, thirteen strokes behind [...]The post Rory McIlroy putts across entire...

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McIlroy puts into a bunker

Rory McIlroy has gotten off to a disastrous start at this years British Open, firing a 79 in the first round. It’s quite surprising considering he’s from Northern Ireland you would think he would know how to handle the links in Europe. His most impressive came on the 15th when he decided to putt from the fringe. The ball looked like it was close to going in but it kept going...

Rory McIlroy's open for the weekend

Statistically speaking, Rory McIlroy is still the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world. But to watch the 24-year-old, two-time major winner slog through two brutal rounds at the British Open this week, you'd never know it. While most of the attention at Muirfield has been on world No. 1 Tiger Woods and his quest for an elusive 15th major championship, his supposed rival McIlroy...

Rory, others miss the cut

Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose headline those that missed the cut at the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on Friday. With the cut coming at 8-over 150, 84 of the original 156-man field made the cut, the highest cut since 2008 that fell at 9 over at Royal Birkdale. McIlroy shot an 8-over 79 on Thursday and made it clear his chances...

Rory McIlroy putts into a bunker at the British Open

Rory McIlroy’s struggles on the PGA Tour this season have been well documented, and they continued during the first round of the British Open on Thursday morning. McIlroy shot a 79 in the opening round at Muirfield to finish at 8-over on the day. At one point, he even putted the ball into a bunker. [...]

Rory McIlroy putts ball into green side bunker

Rory McIlroy shot an opening round 79 at Muirfield for The Open Championship and if you’re wondering what went wrong, this GIF is his round summed up in one shot. [SB Nation]

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Brian Floyd Rory McIlroy can catch a break this year.  He shot an 8-over par 79 during the first round of the Open Championship Thursday at Muirfield. The No. 2-ranked golfer in the world hasn’t won a tournament since November. “It’s strange, I mean, I wish I could stand up here and 

British Open Glance

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