Friday, July 25, 2014
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McIlroy misses cut at Irish Open

CORK, Ireland - Mikko Ilonen opened up a 2-stroke lead at the Irish Open at the end of the second round as Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut by 1 shot on Friday.

Ilonen added a 2-under 68 to his opening-round course record of 64 to move to 10 under on the Fota Island Resort course.

The 34-year-old Finn birdied his opening hole but then stalled with eight straight pars ahead of an inward half that included four birdies.

"I wanted to at least get to 10-under par, and I did that," Ilonen said.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell (66), England's Robert Rock (66), and Frenchman Romain Wattel (65) share second place at 8 under while triple major winner Padraig Harrington (67) is tied for eighth at 6 under.

McIlroy's double bogey came after his tee shot clipped a tree and ricocheted out of bounds and over the fence into the adjoining Fota Island Wildlife Park.

"I'll be back next year and try and do better," McIlroy said.

PGA Tour

CROMWELL, Conn. - Scott Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11-under 129.

Langley, 25, had eight birdies, a double bogey, and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.

Michael Putnam, Harris English, and K.J. Choi were a stroke back. Putnam shot 63, the best round of the day.

English had a 64, and Choi shot 65.

Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star making his pro debut, was 5 under after a 69. Cameron Wilson, Rodgers' college teammate who also was making his pro debut, missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 75.

Defending champion Ken Duke was 3 under after a 72.

Champions Tour

GLENVIEW, Ill. - Tom Lehman birdied four-straight holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Encompass Championship.

Doug Garwood and England's Roger Chapman were a stroke back at 66, and Mark O'Meara, Sandy Lyle, Jeff Sluman, Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Kirk Triplett, and John Inman shot 67.

Colin Montgomerie, the Senior PGA Championship winner in his last tour start, had a 69.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer shot 71.

Defending champion Craig Stadler opened with a 73.

Associated Press
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