Zeenews Sports Bureau
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy walked off the course on Friday at the Honda Classic as everybody was left wondering what happened.
The 23-year-old who is the defending champion withdrew after hitting his second shot into the water on the 18th - his ninth - and slumping to seven over par for the day.
"There`s not really much I can say, guys. I`m not in a great place mentally," McIlroy said as a few reporters approached him asking what went wrong.
About an hour after he left, the 23-year-old released a statement that attributed his withdrawal to a sore wisdom tooth. McIlroy apologized to the tournament after the incident, saying he had every intention of defending his title at the Honda Classic.
First Published: Saturday, March 02, 2013, 12:09