Published Thursday, 20 February 2014
Rory McIlroy (pictured) and Graeme McDowell both won their first round matches. (© Getty)
After taking a 3&2 victory over Boo Weekly, the Holywood man appeared to be close to victory in his second round as he hit form on the back nine.
The world number seven took four out of five holes to lead by one after 16, but English replied to take the contest to sudden death.
At the first extra hole, McIlroy missed his chance to clinch the lead and failed to recover from a poor tee shot.
A wide shot left him stranded between a bush and a tree and his fate was sealed as he overshot the green.
Meanwhile Portrush's Graeme McDowell went through after a remarkable comeback to defeat Hideki Matsuyama on the 18th.
He found himself in a similar shaky start to his first round with Gary Woodland when Matsuyama won three of the first six holes.
But the 2010 US Open winner maintained a steady course and birdies at the eighth and ninth set up a tight back nine.
Matsuyama eventually missed a short putt at the 17th to allow McDowell back level and the Japanese player compounded that error by putting his tee shot at the last into a bunker.
McDowell parred the hole to seal his place in the third round.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia was the first player to claim a place as he beat Bill Haas 3&1.
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