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Rory McIlroy wants golf break after missing Masters cut

Rory McIlroy plans to take a short break from the game after missing the cut at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy admitted he may take a break from golf after missing the halfway cut at the Masters.

McIlroy shot a disappointing second round of 77 to finish on seven over par and well down the field at Augusta.

"I'm just not myself at the moment and this is the sort of golf course that makes your errors look even worse when you're slightly off," said McIlroy.

"I don't know what is going on - I just need to take a bit of a break and come back with a refreshed attitude."

The young Northern Ireland player carded a double-bogey at the seventh hole and further bogeys at the eighth, 14th and 16th saw him slip well down the field.

"I just didn't play well - I'm disappointed but I have a couple of weeks now to work on it and try and get it back," he added.

"I played the par fives poorly this week and it's just not all there so I need a bit of time to get it back on track.

"I'm getting frustrated very easily and getting down on myself.

"I'm supposed to play Quail Hollow in a couple of weeks but I might need a bit more time to let this injury clear up and clear my head and maybe come back at Wentworth or something.

"I just think the whole game is getting to me at the moment - I just need to go home for a while and see what I need to do for the rest of the season to get better."

I just need to go home for a while and see what I need to do for the rest of the season to get better

Rory McIlroy

Despite struggling with a back injury and poor form, the 20-year-old McIlroy was in good spirits going into the Masters - a tournament he described as his favourite.

But McIlroy, who has opted to play the majority of his golf in the United States in 2010, opened with a round of 74 and things got even worse on Friday.

"I think it started deteriorating over the weekend of the Dubai Desert Classic," he said of his back problem. "I felt the back then and since then I haven't played well. It is partly down to that and also down to the fact that I am just not enjoying it at the moment.

"I am not really worried about the back because it is not long term. It just needs to clear up and once it does it will be fine.

"I have worked hard the last few weeks but the weeks before that I wasn't able to do what I would have liked and it has been frustrating. I just need to get back out on the course and enjoy it.

"I have felt this down before - probably the summer of 2008 - but all it takes is one good week and you can be back up there. Sometimes I just think I need to get back to the way I was when I was a kid, just going out there and whacking it, finding it and whacking it again.

"Sometimes your head can get a bit muddled up with a lot things - I just have to enjoy it again."

McIlroy's compatriot Graeme McDowell also missed the cut after a second-round 74 left him five over.

McDowell recorded four birdies, two bogeys and two double-bogeys in his 18 holes.

Padraig Harrington ended on the same total after rounds of 74 and 75.

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