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Rory McIlroy admits he was wrong to storm off at Honda Classic

It was the wrong thing to do, admits McIlroy after storming off at Honda Classic

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

00:48 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:16 GMT, 5 March 2013

Rory McIlroy had barely made it back to his new home ten miles away on Jupiter Island on that fateful Friday last week when he knew he had done the wrong thing.

As Jack Nicklaus so wisely opined, if only he had thought for five minutes, he wouldn't have done it.

In an interview with American magazine Sports Illustrated last night, McIlroy held up his hand and admitted it was a terrible mistake to walk off the course after eight completed holes of his second round at the Honda Classic.

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Whatever has been said in the aftermath
during the storm that has become McIl-gate, 'I have probably said to
myself,' he commented.

'It was the wrong thing to do,' added
McIlroy, and with those seven words he did what he's always done on the
few occasions he has made mistakes, and taken full responsibility for
his actions.

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

'It was a reactive decision. 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,' he said.

'What I
did was not good for the tournament, and not good for the kids and fans
who were watching me.' Mcilroy said at the time he was 'not in a good
place mentally,' and then a statement was issued on his behalf an hour
later blaming a sore wisdom tooth.

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

The latter is an ongoing problem –
his Belfast dentist Mark Conroy has faxed a letter to the PGA Tour
describing the problem – but McIlroy admitted it can be treated with
painkillers and did not constitute the sort of injury that would be a
mitigating reason for walking in.

This, after all, is the man who played
on with a badly strained tendon in his wrist after damaging it while
playing from off a tree root at the 2011 USPGA Championship.

McIlroy will learn from this, like he
always does. He will learn that it is always best to come clean, and not
seek to pull the wool over people's eyes. Here's betting he never walks
off a course again.

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

McIlroy breaks four-day Twitter silence

For every complex problem, there is a simple solution. #FTB

Now it's time to work on those damn
swing issues that are far more infuriating than a bad tooth.

McIlroy admitted to suffering teething problems since his switch from Mike. '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.'

The next
time he will be seen in public is tomorrow at Doral and the WGC-Cadillac
Championship.

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini in "angry" exchange

Talking tactics or a telling off Balotelli gets private training ground chat with Mancini

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 9 May 2012

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 9 May 2012

So what's he done now then Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is busy preparing his side for Sunday's title decider at home to QPR.

But he had to take time out during Wednesday's training session at Carrington to pull controversial striker Mario Balotelli to one side.

listen here: Mario Balotelli was taken to one side to be spoken to by manager Roberto Mancini

listen here: Mario Balotelli was taken to one side to be spoken to by manager Roberto Mancini

listen here: Mario Balotelli was taken to one side to be spoken to by manager Roberto Mancini

The pair appeared to hold an animated
discussion with Mancini waving his finger at Balotelli, in what looked
to be a bit of a grilling.

After he was sent off at Arsenal last month, Mancini initially warned that Balotelli would never play for the club again.

Despite backtracking on that
statement days later, the former Inter Milan striker has yet to make an
appearance for City since returning from a three-match ban – coinciding
with the club overturning an eight-point gap from rivals Manchester
United.

They now head into the final day of
the Barclays Premier League needing only to equal Sir Alex Ferguson's
side's result at Sunderland in order to lift their first championship
since 1968.

Back with the boys: After his talking to, Balotelli joined in with the rest of the title-chasing squad

Back with the boys: After his talking to, Balotelli joined in with the rest of the title-chasing squad

City host the side with worst away
record in the top flight and after last weekend's impressive 2-0 win at
Champions League chasing Newcastle go into the showdown with supreme
confidence that they can end their 44-year title wait.

But Balotelli – despite his 13 goals
in the league this season – looks like he'll have to settle for a place
on the bench with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko all above
him in the City pecking order.

Perhaps that was what Mancini was attempting to explain…