Graeme McDowell 'hurting' after Masters exit

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland ponders a shot during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 19, 2014
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Graeme McDowell blames his short game and admits that it "hurts" after missing the cut at The Masters.

Graeme McDowell has admitted that it "hurts" after missing the cut at the 2014 Masters yesterday.

The former US Open champion will not take part over the weekend after shooting a six-over 78 for his second round.

McDowell blamed his inconsistent short game for his four bogeys and two double-bogeys on Friday, following a promising round of par on the opening day.

"You put everything in to the first Major championship of the year," McDowell told BBC Sport. "I double the first and walked off there feeling exactly how I don't want to feel.

"I managed to control myself and feel comfortable all day [on Thursday] and it only took two or three shots to get me out of my comfort zone. I threw so many shots away around the greens the last two days.

"It hurts right now."

McDowell's fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy just made the cut after a disappointing day himself.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the 56th Kolon Korea Open 2013 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club on October 20, 2013
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