New York, Mar 2: Top-ranking golfer Rory McIlroy walked off the course at PGA National championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, blaming a sore wisdom tooth for his abrupt exit.
The World No. 1, who was already 7-over for eight holes at the Honda Classic tournament, shot his second shot into the water on No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, before walking off the tournament with his caddie J.P. McManus and swing coach Michael Bannon, New York Daily News reports.
In a statement apologizing for his sudden departure to the Honda Classic and PGA Tour, McIlroy said that he had been suffering from a sore wisdom tooth which was bothering him since the night before, and was painful again during the tournament for which he was unable to concentrate on the game.
However, the golf star had reportedly told the media that he had to leave the tournament because he was not in a good place mentally.
According to the PGA Tour, a player may withdraw from a round because of ‘injury or other disability which requires medical attention’, for which he/she is required to notify the tournament director or a PGA Tour rules official for the reason for his withdrawal and present written evidence supporting the withdrawal to the Commissioner within 14 days. (ANI)