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McIlroy misses Pebble Beach cut in 2018 debut

From ESPN - February 10, 2018

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Rory McIlroy's visit to the Monterey Peninsula ended earlier than he had hoped Saturday, as he missed the 54-hole cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

McIlroy was making his 2018 debut on the PGA Tour and playing with his dad, Gerry, in the pro-am event. But an even-par 72 at Pebble Beach was not enough to overcome his Friday score, his only one above par this year.

"I wish I could have played a little bit better for him and wish we would have both been around to play tomorrow," McIlroy said after missing the cut by 2 strokes. "But it was a really cool few days, and even though the golf did not quite go where we wanted it to, we still had a good time."

McIlroy was undone over his final nine holes on Friday at Monterey Peninsula, where on the par-4 fifth hole -- his 14th -- he nearly drove the green, then 5-putted from the fringe for a double-bogey. He added two more three putts over the closing holes to shoot 3-over 74.

Needing to get under par Saturday to make the cut, McIlroy made three bogeys over the closing five holes on the front side and could not muster the charge necessary to play the final day at Pebble Beach.

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