Rory McIlroy: "It was a reactive decision"
By mustang6560 on 3/5/13
In an exclusive interview with Michael Bamberger, Rory McIlroy admitted withdrawing from the Honda Classic "was not the right thing to do".
"It was a reactive decision," McIlroy said in a 25-minute telephone interview on Sunday night, two hours after Michael Thompson won the Honda for his first Tour title. "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."
In the statement Rory release last Friday, he cited a "sore wisdom tooth" as the medical reason for his withdrawal. On paper, it's a weak excuse, but Rory's lower wisdom tooth is actually bothering him and he plans to have it removed following the U.S. Open in June.
On Monday his Belfast dentist, Mark Conroy, faxed a letter to the PGA Tour offices describing McIlroy's condition with both of his lower wisdom teeth. McIlroy said he wore braces for a period last year in an effort to create separation for the two teeth, one of which he said was "growing sideways." He also said he has been prescribed a painkiller, which he did not use on Friday but will use as needed until he next sees Conroy, most likely after the U.S. Open in June. At that time, his lower right wisdom tooth is expected to be pulled.
The pain in his wisdom tooth last week was compounded by his swing troubles. Rory stressed that his troubles on the course are not related to his new Nike clubs.
"The driver and the ball took some time to get used to, but I had weeks at Nike before the start of the year, and I feel comfortable with all the equipment,” he said. "The problem is, I'm bringing the club too upright on the backswing then dropping it in too much on the downswing."
Rory is scheduled to address the media later today and I'm sure the majority of the questions will be centered around his withdrawal. As I, and so many people expected, Rory will take full responsibility for his actions, which means we'll be able to put this issue to bed really soon!

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mjaber says:
It doesn't take long to recover from having teeth pulled... maybe a day. He should just fly his dentist over (or find one in the US) and get it done. There is no reason to deal with that kind of pain for the next 3 months.
GolfSmith7 says:
I am glad he is fess up! Good for him, the Truth shall always set you free!
legitimatebeef says:
Trying to cover all bases it seems. If McIlroy characterizes the WD as "not the right thing to do", then doesn't that render the toothache thing moot? He is trying to appease both the public and the PGAT but in this case it's not possible. Either it was a poor decision or it was a legit medical condition.

Reporters ought to quit asking him about the equipment. He's going to say the same thing no matter how he really feels. There is no way he can speak objectively about the topic so it needs to be dropped for the time being. Besides insulting everyone's intelligence this whole charade violates a basic premise of journalism, yet they keep harping on it. Sad.
Torleif Sorenson says:
MJaber is spot-on; British dentistry hasn't exactly enjoyed a sterling reputation and I'm sure that there are dozens of D.D.S.s in Florida who could take care of Rory in three hours... not three months.
DoubleDingo says:
I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed because they were growing sideways like his. They didn't cause me pain, just occasional discomfort, but it took 4 days to recover from the extraction of those not-so-wise-teeth. Definitely more than a day.
lcgolfer64 says:
I'm with ya doubledingo, I waited 'too long' to have my sideways ones pulled and was out of it for about a good week, then dry-sockets came along... yikes, not fun.

Pretty sure my game would have sucked more than it already does.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Still, whether it's a day or 4, why not get it done now? Saving that excuse for the majors as well?
Banker85 says:
I dont get why he would wait. That is the dumbest move of them all in this oh so drawn out media driven saga.
Kurt the Knife says:
I kinda woke up during my quadruple extraction. I remember the jackhammer thing while the surgeon had to bust up the little devils on the lower level to get em out. Was interesting to hear him murmur, "oops, better give him a little more juice, I think he's with us." Then back to Gone-sville. Post-op, I got a little glimpse into what its like to be a junkie. Began to love them opium alkaloids for a while.
Dusty23 says:
My two lower ones were discovered to be impacted (growing in sideways) during my dental exam at boot camp when I went into the service, they scheduled me for oral surgery, drugged me up, dug them out, kept me overnite in the clinic, then made me make the bed and clean the room I was in the next day and sent me off for training. Kept gauze in my mouth for a couple of days.
Torleif Sorenson says:
"We all make mistakes; let's move on."
- The actor Johnny Galecki, portraying Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory episode "The Pork Chop Indeterminacy" (Season 1, Episode 15).
jpjeffery says:
"...British dentistry hasn't exactly enjoyed a sterling reputation..."? Surely that's just one of those cultural/national clichés which countries apply to others.

I suspect this came about because us Brits aren't that self-conscious about how our teeth look (that's not the same as not looking after them, I'm just referring to braces and whitening). Mike Myers has a lot to answer for...and don't get me started on his awful accents!
mmontisano says:
when wisdom teeth cause crowding, it can cause some terrible headaches.

and jpjeffery is right. statistically, Brits have some of the healthiest teeth in the world. they just don't spend thousands of dollars on braces to fix one crooked tooth.
Torleif Sorenson says:
JPJeffery: You're right.. I was trying to milk that joke for all it was worth... for what it was worth...
mjaber says:
@DoubleDingo... I've had my entire upper jaw extracted, due to an accident at work. In 2 separate surgeries, I was down for a day after each.
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