Wentworth woes for McIlroy and G-Mac

There is a billboard on either side of the Wentworth Estate entrance gates with a photograph of last year’s victorious European Ryder Cup team and the caption — ‘Luke who’s back’.

Unfortunately, despite the presence of Luke Donald, five members from the glorious Medinah victory team photo, including the US Open winning pair of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, will be missing from the closing two rounds of the Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship.

A week that began with the Irish Examiner revealing the hint of a spilt between the Irish pair ended on a miserable and wet May afternoon with McIlroy and McDowell warmly shaking hands, and unable to be separated after similar 75s for similar five over par totals.

With the US Open less than a month, McIlroy’s indifferent season continues unchecked and the World No. 2 managing just four fairways in a roller-coaster front nine display of four birdies but also five bogeys.

He then steadied to par the next seven holes but doubled 17 ahead of a two-putt birdie at the last.

But when asked his immediate plans, McIlroy’s usual assuredness was clearly absent in remarking: “I’m not sure actually. I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

“I’ve got Memorial next week so maybe head over there and get a couple days practice in Ohio. But apart from that, I’m not really sure where I’m going to spend the weekend.”

He was asked if Paris was an option, given girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki is beginning her French Open quest, and he responded: “Could be an option. Monaco Grand Prix is on, too. I could go back there and catch that.”

Last week’s Bulgarian prediction came back to haunt McDowell whose last five events now read — missed cut (Masters), win (RBC Heritage), missed cut (Players), win (Volvo World Match Play) and now missed cut for a third year running at the BMW PGA.

“The next tournament I am playing is the US Open and I would say my preparation is perfect,” he joked.

“There is certainly a pattern emerging here but on a serious note I would want to be playing four rounds here, as I was here to do a job but this is just a difficult golf course.”

McDowell’s fiancée, Kristin had arrived earlier in the day from sun-splashed Florida but lasted just six holes in the Arctic-like weather.

But while McDowell tries of focus on his next event, the US Open starting on June 13, he could be joined at Merion by fellow Irishman Shane Lowry.

Offaly man Lowry is currently ranked 79th in the world and has moved into a share of eighth place at three under par, and should he finish in the top three he would move inside the top 60 and into the US Open field. It would mean Lowry, who birdied his closing two holes in a score of 71, also avoiding a 36-hole US Open qualifier at Walton Heath.

“If I can shoot something in the 60s tomorrow and give myself a chance going into Sunday, it would be nice,” he said.

Joining Lowry over the weekend is Darren Clarke (70) at level par and Paul McGinley (75) at two over par.

Other members of the ‘Medinah Miracle Workers’ to miss he cut including Paul Lawrie (72 & three over par), double defending BMW champion Luke Donald (72 & six over par) and Ian Poulter (76 & eight over).

However Italy’s Francesco Molinari can hold his head high after posting a cool 68 to move one shot clear of the field on six under par.

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