McIlroy regrets leaving the game; Admits bad playing was motivation

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) ~After leaving the Honda Classic due to what he said was a tooth ache, PGA champion Rory McIlroy said it wasn't the right thing to do. He also admitted, much to analysts suspicions, it was more his head than his tooth that was the issue. In an interview with SI.com, McIlroy expressed his regrets:

''It was a reactive decision,'' McIlroy told the magazine in a telephone interview Sunday night. ''What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a 5 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.''

At the time of his departure, McIlroy was 7-over and his next shot wasn't looking that great when he hit it into the water. It was on the 18th hole that he stopped and quit, not completing the hole. He first said his head was not in the game and then when he issued a statement, he said it was a toothache.

I'm glad McIlroy apologized because he owes one to his fans and to golf fans. Leaving the game early because you're not playing well is ridiculously poor sportsmanship. The good news is that he recognized his bad behavior and looked to make it right with his fans. 

Going forward I hope McIlroy goes forward...to the finish. No matter how bad he's playing. Even McIlroy agreed that it's the ability to push forward that makes Tiger Woods a champion:

''He might be the best athlete ever, in terms of his ability to grind it out,'' McIlroy told the magazine. ''I could have a bit more of that, if I'm honest.''

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