Rory McIlroy due to face media after shock Honda withdrawal


Rory McIlroy will face the media on Wednesday for the first time since pulling out of the Honda Classic.

The world No 1 said he was in “a bad place mentally” after pulling out of the competition midway through his second round last week.

He later released a statement to say a sore wisdom tooth was the reason for his early exit, which was McIlroy’s first ever withdrawal from a tournament as a professional.

It came after a dismal run of form which saw him lose in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship to Shane Lowry and miss the cut in the Abu Dhabi Championship in his first event since signing a multi-million pound deal with Nike.

The PGA Tour has given McIlroy two weeks to explain his decision to withdraw, and he must submit medical evidence to support his claims of toothache.

A fine or suspension possible if the body is not happy with his explanation.

The 23-year-old is due to appear at a pre-tournament press conference ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Wednesday.

The Northern Irishman is at least guaranteed four rounds at Doral, as the $8.5m event – won last year by Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose – has no cut.