UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Rory McIlroy was creeping near U.S. Open contention when four quick swipes of the putter dropped him down near the cut line.
Although he still has struggled to deliver his best stuff, the world No. 1 clawed to within six shots of the lead late Friday when he made birdie from 8 feet on the par-3 15th hole.
Two holes later he four-putted from 60 feet and made double bogey.
After closing with a bogey on the home hole, McIlroy shot a second consecutive 72 to end 36 holes at 4 over par, one shot above the cut line; He is nine shots behind leaders Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
Some believed McIlroy would be a threat to win his second Open title this week, and even he had high hopes earlier in the week when he set out late Tuesday for a practice round, hoping to simulate how Chambers Bay would play should he find himself in contention late Saturday and Sunday.
But he has continued similar poor form that he showed in missing cuts in his last two European Tour performances. Couple that with his hatred of firm and fast course conditions and it appears he’ll now head to St. Andrews in search of his first major title this year.