Rory McIlroy has issued a full statement explaining his sudden and unexpected withdrawal from the Honda Classic.
I sincerely apologize the 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 the results haven’t revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year and I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make.
I can’t say whether or not I buy this excuse. If it’s true, he must have been in a massive amount of pain to force him to withdrawal. After all, he’s played poorly over his last several starts, and this is the only time that he bowed out in the middle of a round.
If this is simply a made up story because the rules of the PGA Tour require a medical reason for quitting in the middle of a round, it is definitely creative. The great thing about this excuse is that wisdom tooth pain severe enough to impact concentration is just about impossible to disprove, and it can come and go rather quickly.
A couple of things I find interesting are that his agent told members of the media that McIlroy wasn’t sick or tired and was not answering his phone and McIlroy told some media members that he “wasn’t there mentally”. Now, apparently the reason for his lack of mental stability during his round was due to wisdom tooth pain. It all just seems a little too convenient for me. But then again, i have a tendency to be a skeptic.
The whole thing just seems a little fishy to me. May be I’m being too skeptical. Maybe McIlroy really has been dealing with this wisdom tooth thing for quite a while. The only thing I can be sure of is that this is going to be talked about for a very long time.