However bad it was for Rory McIlroy at Wentworth on Friday, he still does not have the career worries of three more European stars.
Open champion Darren Clarke has yet to make a halfway cut this season. He shot a second-round 77, coming home in a six over par 43 after being comfortably on course to make it through to the weekend.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington matched McIlroy's 79 and on 11 over was one of the handful of players below him at the BMW PGA Championship.
The Dubliner could be about to fall outside the world's top 100 for the first time in more than 13 years.
Paul Casey was also below McIlroy at 10 over, rounds of 78 and 76 proving he has still a long way to go in his recovery from a dislocated shoulder suffered snowboarding on Christmas Eve.
After taking seven on the long 17th on the opening day Casey returned and had a triple-bogey eight there.