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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