Rory McIlroy slumped to a sloppy second-round 2-over 73 to make the cut on the number at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
McIlroy, a three-time winner of this tournament, had started the tournament brightly with a round of 68 but he quickly fell back into the pack on a lacklustre Friday.
The World No.3 birdied the par-4 3rd when converting a six-foot putt but he then made three consecutive bogeys from the 5th to undo all his good work.
McIlroy compounded his issues when driving into trouble at the par-5 10th and it would lead to his fourth bogey of the round.
He would salvage a birdie when two-putting from 30 feet at the short par-4 14th to move back into red figures for the tournament at 1-under par.
On the cut mark heading into a tough closing stretch of holes known as 'The Green Mile', McIlroy was under intense pressure just to hang around for the weekend.
To his credit, McIlroy held his nerve with four pars to finish but his heart would have been in his mouth down the 18th when his tee shot came within three feet of falling into the water down the left flank.
With his ball well above his feet, McIlroy sent an iron to the front of the green and he two-putted for par to make the cut on the number.
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The Northern Irishman spoke of mental health issues in the aftermath of a missed cut at The Masters last month.
McIlroy has plenty of work to do if he's to land his fourth victory at Quail Hollow as he lies seven strokes off the pace, which is currently set by Tyrrell Hatton (65), Nate Lashley (66) and Wyndham Clark (67) on 8-under par.