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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01: Caddie J.P Fitzgerald signals to World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland that his approach shot is in the water on the 16th hole where he took a triple bogey seven during the second round of the Honda Classic on March 1, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Caddie J.P Fitzgerald signals to World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland that his approach shot is in the water on the 16th hole where he took a triple bogey seven during the second round of the Honda Classic on March 1, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

CBS SPORTS – Rory McIlroy withdrew from the Honda Classic on Friday after posting a +7 score through eight holes.

This marks the third consecutive tournament that he has bowed out of early, and the Rory-hating vultures are surely encircling his half-alive golf game.

McIlroy told reporters on his way to his car that he was not in a good place mentally.

McIlroy added there’s nothing physically wrong. When asked about his swing, McIlroy said, “Yeah, I really don’t know what’s going on.”

Later, the PGA Tour tweeted that McIlroy withdrew due to wisdom-tooth pain. It’s not a good look for the tour to have its second-most-popular player and the No. 1 golfer in the world walking off the course in the middle of a round.

McIlroy issued the following statement:

“I sincerely apologize to The Honda Classic and PGA Tour for my sudden withdrawal. I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. It began bothering me again last night so I relieved it with Advil. It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners. I came here with every intention of defending my Honda Classic title. Even though my results haven’t revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner…”

McIlroy must provide a doctor’s note to the PGA Tour within 14 days to avoid being fined. Yes, the PGA Tour requires a doctor’s note to avoid punishment for withdrawing from a tournament.

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