The world number six, let down by an opening 74 in perfect
conditions the previous day, lost out by one stroke as he finished
with a one-over total of 143.
Finn Mikko Ilonen, the overnight leader, followed his opening
course-record 64 with a 68 to stay in front on 10-under 132.
Ilonen was two shots ahead of Frenchman Romain Wattel (65),
England's Robert Rock (66) and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell
McIlroy, who was joint 23rd at the U.S. Open on Sunday, had been
looking to move to the top of the Race to Dubai money list and back
into the top five of the world rankings.
"It's very frustrating," said the Northern Irishman, who won the BMW
PGA Championship at Wentworth last month.
"To make six birdies and an eagle and shoot just two under means
there were a lot of mistakes and wasteful shots.
"To miss the cut for the second year in a row is not a nice position
to be in. I don't know what else to say, it's very disappointing."
McIlroy needed to finish birdie-eagle to qualify for the weekend and
although he holed from long range on the 17th and hit a brilliant
escape from the trees on the last, he was unable to chip in from the
front of the green.
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"I'm proud of myself how I fought out there," added McIlroy after
his first missed cut on the European Tour in 2014. "I just need to
tighten it all up and become a lot more consistent, make the bad
shots a little bit better and not be as wasteful around the greens."
(Reporting by Tony Goodson, editing by Tony Jimenez)
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