About an hour after withdrawing from The Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy released a statement to the media to explain why he walked off the 18th hole (his ninth of the day) during his second round.
"I sincerely apologize to The Honda Classic and PGA TOUR for my sudden withdrawal," McIlroy said. "I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. It began bothering me again last night, so I relieved it with Advil. It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners. I came here with every intention of defending my Honda Classic title. Even though my results haven't revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year and I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make." Until he calms our concern later, his appearance in next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship deserves a question mark.