He's had a busy few weeks and has quite a few more to come. A weekend off will do him good. In fact, looking at his record, this missed cut shouldn't come as a shock.
The fact is Rory blows hot and cold. It's just that when he's hot, he's very hot.
The proof? He's been a pro for seven years. In that time, he's missed 30 cuts – yet probably every golfer on the Tour would happily swap their results for his.
It just shows this game isn’t about perfection. It’s about getting it right at the right time. And it’s about how you respond when things don’t go so well. The smart money will be on Mr McIlroy to bounce back from this latest setback.
Incidentally, over a ten-year period, between 1998 and 2008, a certain Tiger Woods missed the cut just three times - a phenomenal achievement.