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McIlroy's first Tour start of 2018 ends in an MC

Rory McIlroy at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Rory McIlroy missed the cut in his first PGA Tour start this year.

With an up-and-down round of five birdies and five bogeys Saturday, his even-par 72 left him two shots outside the cut line.

After opening with a 68 Thursday at Spyglass Hill, McIlroy went sideways Friday at Monterey Peninsula, where he shot 74 with a stone cold putter. He endured a five putt – technically a four-putt – and needed 38 putts overall.

“I let the greens yesterday get into my head a little bit,” McIlroy said. “It was hard to get out of that mindset.”

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McIlroy did give the fans at the 18th a show Saturday in his farewell, pulling his tee shot into the rocky shoreline, taking a penalty drop and then hitting a 240-yard laser off the flagstick. He holed an 8-footer for a closing birdie.

McIlroy won’t have to wait long to shake the missed cut. He is teeing it up next week at the Genesis Open at Riviera in Los Angeles.

This marked McIlroy’s first appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He played alongside his father, Gerry.

“I wish I could have played a little bit better for him, wish we would be around tomorrow,” McIlroy said. “But it was a really cool few days, even though the golf didn’t quite go where we wanted it to. We still had a good time.”