VIRGINIA WATER, England — Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday after his game disintegrated in a second consecutive errant round at Wentworth, leaving his grip on the No. 1 ranking under serious threat from Luke Donald.
The U.S. Open champion made seven bogeys and two double bogeys in his 7-over-par 79 to finish 9-over – a massive 21 strokes behind James Morrison, whose 64 gave him a four-shot lead on Donald (68) and first-round co-leader David Drysdale (70).
McIlroy’s hopes had evaporated by the midway point in his second round, when he endured a disastrous spell of seven dropped shots in six holes from No. 8 to No. 13.
He looked sullen and his shoulders dropped as he walked along the fairways contemplating a second consecutive missed cut, having succumbed to the same fate at The Players Championship in Florida two weeks ago.
It was the first time in more than two years McIlroy has failed to make the weekend at two consecutive tournaments, giving the second-ranked Donald a great shot to replace him as No. 1.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Benton Harbor, Mich., Hale Irwin shot his age with 5-under-par 66, finishing the second round of the Senior PGA Championship two shots behind leaders Roger Chapman and John Cook.
Cook also had 66 to match Chapman at 7-under after a more forgiving day at Harbor Shores. Chapman had 67.
Michael Allen set a course record with 64.
NCAA WOMEN: In Franklin, Tenn., Alabama won its first women’s golf title, holding off two-time champion Southern California by a stroke at the NCAA Division I championship.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, of Oklahoma, won the individual title by four strokes.
It was the first national title for a program which made its seventh trip to the national tournament.
Alabama finished at 6-over-par 294 in the final round for a 19-over 1,171 total.
Jao-Javanil shot 2-under 70 to finish at 6-under 282.