Rory McIlroy admits he was wrong to quit Honda Classic


Rory McIlroy has admitted he was wrong to withdraw from the Honda Classic last week, saying he now regrets his decision to stop playing.

The world No1 was heavily criticised after he quit the tournament midway through Friday’s second round with what was initially a mysterious explanation.

Rory has now admitted he should not have withdrawn and insists his Nike clubs are not to blame for his poor form.

Before leaving the course, McIlroy told reporters he was in a “bad place mentally”.

A short time later he issued a statement blaming his early exit on a severe toothache while apologising for quitting, but he now admits he should have kept playing.

“It was a reactive decision,” he told Sports Illustrated about quitting after he hit his approach shot into the water on the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day.

“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.”

McIlroy has been struggling all year after switching clubs but reaffirmed his belief that his equipment was not to blame. The 23-year-old said he needed to adopt a tougher approach and would do well to copy Tiger Woods, the man he is most often compared to.

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