Despite failing to qualify for the weekend at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy felt there were positives to take out of The Open.
Rory McIlroy gave it his best shot to make the cut at The Open, but ultimately he fell narrowly short at Royal Portrush.
A stunning second round was not enough to see Rory McIlroy through to the weekend at The Open Championship.
If Rory McIlroy keeps a diary, he may leave the entry for July 18 blank. Omnisport's reporters, though, had plenty to jot down.
On a day where Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods struggled, J.B. Holmes emerged as the surprise round-one leader at The Open Championship.
There is no room for the dream narrative in sport, as Rory McIlroy found to his detriment at Royal Portrush.
It was not the start he envisaged at The Open and Rory McIlroy concedes he got too many basics wrong at Royal Portrush on Thursday.
An expectant crowd came to see Rory McIlroy tame Royal Portrush but the course had other ideas as he laboured to an eight-over 79.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy looks set to miss the cut at The Open on home soil after a horror first round at Royal Portrush.
The honour of the opening tee shot at the 148th Open Championship went to Darren Clarke, who carded a 71 on Thursday.