Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the balcony of the clubhouse following Europe's victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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 for a second-round comeback on Friday were unlikely when he commented that he was "just so brain dead," after his round. The comeback never materialized as the Ulsterman shot 4-over 40 on the front nine and finished with a 4-over 75 on Friday, but McIlroy had a 180-degree turn in attitude and took the high road leaving Muirfield. "Disappointed, but I guess I have a clearer picture of what I need to work on and what I need to do to put things right," McIlroy said after his first missed cut in the Open Championship. "Sometimes this game can feel further away than it actually is. And obviously at the end...
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