There are six players tied at the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, but world number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut at Royal County Down Golf Club.
Bernd Wiesberger, Richie Ramsay, Soren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera-Bello all share the Irish Open lead at -3 under par.
If you are wondering how tough the conditions were out there, take a look at Bernd;
These six leaders are closely followed by two heavy-weights, in the form of three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington and former world number one Luke Donald, both on -2 under par for the competition.
For third year in a row we have to say good-bye to Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut again here, worryingly it follows last weeks cut at the BMW. Rory said he had tried hie best, but the conditions made it very hard.
Rory shot an even par round today, but it was not enough;
” I felt like I played OK.”
” I didn’t really; it’s hard like this in the wind conditions. It’s hard even if you give yourself birdie chances, it’s hard to take advantage of them.”
“I was trying out there as hard as I could, I just couldn’t quite get a good run of holes going.”
“I didn’t get any momentum going. I was a couple under through fourteen, but needed a good finish, but unfortunately wasn’t able to do that.”
“So really, just left myself with too much to do from yesterday. I felt like I played a solid round of golf today, but just wasn’t enough.”
The support out here is phenomenal, it’s going to be the third year in a row that they don’t get to see me play at the week-end.”
“So it’s obviously disappointing, to say the least, more disappointing for them.”
“I”m honestly looking forward to a few weeks off, to get ready for the U.S. Open, but right now it would have been nice to play the week-end at least.”