"I don't know. But I teed off in the Open and I shot 90 (91) today, so put it on the board". It was around 8 p.m. when McIlroy signed his scorecard.
McIlroy, who grew up in nearby Holywood, almost pulled it off.
"If we get the same periods of sun, couple of squalls, same strength of wind, I'd snap your arm off if anyone got to double digits (under par)", Paul Casey said. I didn't miss too many shots.
After an opening 67, Lowry once again constructed the foundations of another progressive day on the front nine. He birdied Nos. 10-12 before making bogey on the par-3 13th after hitting into a bunker.
The excitement that always surrounds Tiger Woods even brought out the hired help near the fourth hole at Royal Portrush. The 230-yard hole has a steep drop-off right of the green.
Kevin Kisner holed a huge eagle putt from off the green on the par-five 7th to move from +1 to -1 during the second round of The Open.
Duval's freakish hole included three lost balls as well as a two-stroke penalty for playing a wrong ball.
Koepka is never too far from the lead. His fate was sealed when his chip failed to fall.
"I'm disappointed with the bogey but I'm where I want to be and happy with my two days' work", said Lowry, from County Offaly in Ireland. "It definitely hit me like a ton of bricks today".
Victor of four Majors in last 10, Brooks Koepka (69) had a relatively quiet day but he was still hanging in the Top-10 at five-under.
He's now missed the cut in just 10 majors in 23 years as a pro. The two-time champion had given himself a chance with a outward nine of 34, including birdies at 2, 6 and 7. They started at Royal Portrush, went to Royal County Down and moved their way about Ireland.
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They could also be pretty good, too, with a core of Paul, Shae Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari , and Steven Adams . The Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul, two future first-round picks and two pick swaps.
It was the first time in 77 majors they have played as professionals that both missed the cut in the same major.
Smith went on a mid-round tear with five birdies of his own in seven holes either side of the turn. "Things are different", he said. "Those were some of the lowest times of my life". It felt more hard at times than yesterday to be honest, because I was more stress free yesterday.
After missing the PGA Championship cut at Bethpage Black, site of one of his U.S. Open victories, and then finishing outside the top 20 at Pebble Beach, site of his greatest all-time performance, Woods showed again why he needs to remain committed to a strict pitch count from here to retirement.
Forty-one players broke par, and 15 of them were within three shots of the lead. The crowd, packed tight in the great horseshoe grandstand that surrounds the green, believed in him but he knew it was going to be an impossible shot. That helped in the British Open, his first major.
Organisers the R&A are anticipating the second-biggest ever Open attendance, with 237,750 people expected to come through the gates this week in Northern Ireland, but spectators were left stunned by McIlroy's immediate collapse.
"It's about having lunch together, spending time with my family, getting up tomorrow, warming up, the first tee shot and that's as far as we can go for now".
Bryson DeChambeau finished at 5-over 147.
"If they had offered it to me at the start of the week I would have taken it". Marc Leishman shot 8-over 150.
Tom Lehman took a final walk up the 18th hole in the British Open, his son on the bag and a few tears in his eyes.
McIlroy wasn't the only former Open champion with an impressive finish.
There are so many shots over the past two days that he'd like to have back, shots that would have helped him make the cut. There are 71 players at 1-over par or above, including 18 players tied at 54th.