Padraig Harrington and Irish Open winner Shane Lowry missed the cut on Friday as they toiled with their gremlins on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

As Harrington missed his fifth cut of the season in The Memorial on the PGA Tour, Lowry is still waiting to earn his first pay cheque as a professional.

There is no doubt that Harrington will be the more concerned of the two after adding a five over par 77 to his first round 75 to miss the cut by four shots at Muirfield Village.

The world No 10 insisted before the event that he was putting his swing tinkering on the back burner. But he is plainly lacking sharpness in the short game department.

He took 32 putts for the second successive round in Ohio with birdies at two pars fives a poor return against five bogeys and a double bogey.

His driving certainly cost him in the second round as he missed half the fairways. But it was his inability to get the ball up and down that really did the damage.

With a scrambling average of around 64 percent this season, Harrington could manage to save his par just 23 percent of time over two rounds and that figure was a low as 14 percent in the second round.

With the US Open less than two weeks away, Harrington really needed four rounds this week to play his way back into some kind of form but must now hope to get his scoring head on at the St Jude Classic in Memphis next week.

Lowry also has majors on his mind but in his case it is the Open Championship 36-hole International Qualifier at Sunningdale on Monday.

The Esker Hills man has arranged to play a practice round there over the weekend after missing the cut by eight shots in the Celtic Manor Wales Open on 10 over par. 

After shooting 17 under par to win at Baltray, where he had an eagle and 23 birdies, he is 17 over par for his last four rounds with just five birdies to his name as well as 20 bogeys and a double bogey.

Getting used to the weekley grind will take him time and it would be no huge surprise to see him do well at Sunningdale on Monday, where he will join Gareth Maybin, Michael Hoey, Peter Lawrie, Gary Murphy and Michael McGeady in an elite  96 strong field bidding for ten places at Turnberry.

Ireland already has six players in the Open field with Harrington going for a hat-trick of titles alongside Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Damien McGrane, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.