It might have been caused by a painful wisdom tooth but Rory McIlroy’s withdrawal from the Honda Classic has resulted in widespread criticism and the world number one’s reputation is now at an all time low. It is seen as highly unprofessional to leave the course during a round and McIlroy is yet to provide a plausible explanation for not completing his second round in Florida.
Tiger Woods has joined many other players in questioning McIlroy’s decision to withdraw midway through the second round of the Honda Classic. Woods has offered some advice on how to deal with media attention which has increased even since his days at the top of the game due to the growth in social media and immediate reaction to anything that takes place in the public domain.
McIlroy (pictured) withdrew from the tournament after playing the first eight holes of his second round in seven over par. He told his 1.5 million Twitter followers the real reason was an agonising wisdom tooth. However, that claim was soon called into question when pictures appeared of McIlroy eating a sandwich during his abbreviated round.
The Irishman’s decision to quit midway through his round has caused consternation amongst his fellow professionals and tournament organisers. McIlroy has 12 days to submit an explanation in writing to the US PGA Tour. He told reporters he had walked off because he was “not in a great place mentally”.
Woods has suggested that McIlroy has got to give more thought to his actions and comments to the Press. Over many years he has dealt with the media intrusion that comes with the job but has handled the media well enough to win 14 major champions.
There is bound to be more criticism of McIlroy’s decision to sign with Nike in a lucrative contract to use their clubs. Sir Nick Faldo, amongst others, has questioned hiss decision to change clubs. However, McIlroy believes this is not the reason for his poor run of form but has yet to fully explain why he felt the need to leave the course on Friday.