VIRGINIA WATER, England – Rory McIlory was one of five 2012 European Ryder Cup players to miss the cut Friday in the BMW PGA Championship, while Medinah teammate Francesco Molinari took the lead at cold and wet Wentworth.
The second-ranked McIlory had a 3-over 75 to finish at 5 over. Two-time defending champion Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Paul Lawrie — all members of Europe's winning team last year at Medinah — also dropped out early. Molinari put himself in position for his fourth European Tour title, shooting a 68 to take a one-stroke lead at 6 under.
South Africa's George Coetzee, Scotland's Marc Warren, England's Mark Foster and Spain's Alejandro Canizares were tied for second. Foster had a 69, and Coetzee, Warren and Canizares shot 70.
Sergio Garcia, the Spanish player whose verbal sparring with Tiger Woods turned ugly this week when he said he would "serve fried chicken" if he had dinner with Woods, was five strokes back after a 71.