Rory McIlroy, the world's top golfer who walked off the golf course in the middle of the round last Friday at the Honda Classic because of what was later explained as a toothache, said withdrawing abruptly from the tournament was "not the right thing to do."
“It was a reactive decision,” McIlroy told Sports Illustrated on Sunday night. “What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85. What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me--it was not the right thing to do.”
McIlroy knew better. He had played through more pain 18 months ago when he strained his tendon on the third hole of the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta and "soldiered on for 69 more holes and a 64th-place finish, bandaged wrist and all."
McIlroy's dentist from Belfast also reportedly sent the PGA Tour documentation that McIlroy is set to have his wisdom tooth pulled sometime after the U.S. Open in June.
According to Sports Illustrated, "McIlroy has a picture in his mind of what he wants his swing to look like," but has had trouble making that swing happen this year. McIlroy said he had to get used to his new Nike clubs (McIlrory switched over to Nike clubs after signing the most lucrative golf endorsement deal in history at the beginning of this season), but did not blame the clubs for his troubles.