Euro Tour. The Irish Open, Rock and Uihlein Lead. McIlroy Misses Cut June 28 2013

Robert Rock and Peter Uihlein lead the European Tour, The Irish Open at Carton House Golf Course in Kildare, Ireland at the conclusion of the second round. Peter Uihlein  (Getty Images) Peter Uihlein / Getty Images Peter was happy to play in the strong breeze that came up in Kildare for the second round. He won the Madeira Islands Open last month in another blustery event, and said he had played in stronger winds when at college in Oklahoma; " In college in Oklahoma it was quite windy all the time, so I quite enjoy the wind and knew it was tough out there. It was gusting at times, and it was a good, solid day. The Irish fans live up to the reputation of being very knowledgeable and supportive, so it's been good. I spent three and a half years in Oklahoma where we would play in a tornado. It was a good experience there, and I feel like in the wind, you don't have to be perfect, which is what I struggle with. I would try and be too perfect sometimes and in the wind, you just play golf, you hit shots and you just try and manoeuvre it a little bit. I feel like when it gets windy, you have almost a little more room, so I enjoy it. I've had a very good support group with Chubby ( his manager) and my coach Butch Harmon and my dad ( Chairman of top equipment company Acushnet). Those guys have been around the game a long, long time. If they say this is the right route, then I'm going to listen to them. And I look at a guy like Adam Scott, somebody I've always looked up to, and he came over to Europe and started off his career. Rory did the same thing, start in Europe before heading to the States. There have been a lot of guys who have done it and had great success. It's just different me being an American and doing it." Robert has missed six out of nine cuts and has been not playing to the form that saw him beat Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last year. He has recently received some putting lessons and thinks that tactic is paying off; " I've been putting a little bit better lately so to start the day with even a five foot putt for a birdie was nice, and I drove it well for the rest of the round really. I was frustrated in Munich, played really quite well for three days but putted awfully and I played on Saturday with Richard McEvoy and he had a little suggestion but also gave me Jonathan Yarwood's number, and he kindly sent me an e mail, a V1 email golf lesson and told me really a few things to change in the setup. I sent him a video back about quarter six Sunday morning and shot seven under. Unfortunately it didn't work at The Open qualifying quite so well on Monday, but it's been better. I'm feeling quite awkward doing it, so on some putts I'm hitting average putts because I'm confusing myself a little bit but on the whole it's been good. I didn't have my arms and putter shaft set at the right angle or in line and I was holding a little too far up the putter to achieve that. So I tried to align all that, and if you see me over the weekend during the round, that's what I'm going to do, and if it's not in line, I might miss. I think I had 26 putts today which is as good as I've done in a long while. I've had 26 putts over the past few weeks but generally all tap ins so didn't really count. I've been failing to set the ball on line for a long time, and that did it.  played well in Dubai at the start of the year but before that it seems to go back a good while. A few off course things that distracted from practice and then that kind of spirals into your game later down the line and you realise, yeah, should have put the time in that you should have done and have to put more time in to correct that and that takes a while for it to work." Missing the cut were local boys, Rory McIlroy, who will surely begin to tumble down the World Golf Rankings soon, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley.