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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

Jenson Button"s F1 car on sale on e-Bay for 25,000

Fancy yourself as the next Jenson Button Well, splash out on his old F1 car… if you've got a spare 25,000!

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 13 November 2012

For all last-minute shoppers out there – here's one way to avoid a Christmas Eve pit-stop on the bustling High Street.

Jenson Button's Honda Racing show car from the 2003 season is on sale on e-Bay and can be yours for 'only' 25,000.

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Stop start: The car doesn't have engine or control pedals

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One (not so) careful owner: Button finished ninth in the drivers' championship in 2003…

One (not so careful) owner: Button is rescued by medical staff after crashing in 2003

… despite crashing in Monaco (but don't worry it's not the car on e-Bay)

'Opportunities to purchase recent f1 show cars are few and far between. The scope of use for this car is endless and can cover everything from commercial display to personal.

'Ornament and the ultimate seat for playstation racing games.

'Surely the perfect present for all jenson button fans.

'The car can be viewed in wolverhampton at the wolverhampton mazda, ssangyong, subaru garage! Telephone: 01902 351 153'

The sale will end on Friday.

British trio to join Honda"s Dream Team Professional Cycling

Sky's the limit as British cycling trio join women's Honda team hoping to emulate men

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012

Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King will be part of an elite road cycling team who will try to match the achievements of Team Sky in the men’s sport.

The trio, who won the team pursuit at London 2012, are joining Honda’s Dream Team Professional Cycling and will race against the top riders in 2013. The team will be led by Italy’s double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.

Meanwhile, Britain's former world champion and Olympic medalist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial world champion, while at this summer's London Olympics she helped Great Britain team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.

With her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing, Pooley had contemplated taking an extended break from the sport to focus to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering.

However, the 30-year-old is now relishing the chance to link up with Bigla as well as continuing with her studies over the winter.

She told British Cycling: 'I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'll do my best to help the young riders on the Bigla team to make the step up.

'I've raced against a lot of them in local races in Switzerland and I can see how talented they are. We will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.'

Japan MotoGP 2012: Dani Pedrosa closes gap on Jorge Lorenzo

Pedrosa further closes gap on Lorenzo after claiming crucial victory in Japan

PUBLISHED:

11:39 GMT, 14 October 2012

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UPDATED:

11:39 GMT, 14 October 2012

Dani Pedrosa further closed the gap on Spanish compatriot Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the MotoGP standings after claiming victory in Japan on Sunday.

The in-form Pedrosa, who saw pole snatched away from him by Lorenzo late in yesterday's qualifying session, claimed his fourth victory in his last five races after finishing just ahead of Lorenzo and another Spaniard Alvaro Bautista on the Motegi circuit.

Pedrosa's triumph, his fifth of the season, means the Repsol Honda rider is now 28 points behind pace-setter Lorenzo, who continued his hugely impressive campaign which has seen him finish in the top two of every race except for Assen when he failed to finish.

Coming for you: Dani Pedrosa (right) toasts his rival Jorge Lorenzo after claiming victory in Japan

Coming for you: Dani Pedrosa (right) toasts his rival Jorge Lorenzo after claiming victory in Japan

Pedrosa said: 'It was a hard race because the pace was very fast from the beginning. I tried to understand the bike, as yesterday we had a lot of chatter so I didn't know how it would be today. In the beginning it wasn't too bad but then it got a little worse during the race.'

The 27-year-old rued the fact that no other rider could keep up with him and Lorenzo and possibly deny his title rival some valuable points.

'We did what we needed to do and it's just a pity that there is no one else who can stay with us because every race I win, he's been second. But anyway, it's a great feeling to win races and we are doing it now,' he added.

Australian Casey Stoner was fifth in his first race back since ankle surgery, finishing behind Andrea Dovizioso.

Reigning MotoGP champion Stoner is third in the overall standings, 85 points behind Pedrosa, with Italian Dovizioso a further five points back in fourth heading into the final three races of the season.

Meanwhile, there was a British victory in the Moto3 in Motegi as 18-year-old Danny Kent claimed his maiden victory.

Another one: Pedrosa claimed his fourth win in five races

Another one: Pedrosa claimed his fourth win in five races

Cut: Lorenzo's lead has been reduced by Pedrosa's pulsating displays

Cut: Lorenzo's lead has been reduced by Pedrosa's pulsating displays

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins Italian Grand Prix at Mugello

Lorenzo completes Italian job as Yamaha rider stretches lead at top after Mugello win

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 15 July 2012

Jorge Lorenzo further increased his advantage at the top of the MotoGP standings with a convincing victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Spaniard (Yamaha) claimed his fifth victory in nine rounds this season after finishing over five seconds clear of countryman Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), with Italian Andrea Dovizioso third on his Monster Yamaha.

Winning feeling: Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo (C) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Honda rider Dany Pedrosa (L) and third-placed Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso

Winning feeling: Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo (C) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Honda rider Dany Pedrosa (L) and third-placed Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso

Italian job: Lorenzo stretched his lead at the top of the standings

Italian job: Lorenzo stretched his lead at the top of the standings

The triumph means Lorenzo, who was also victorious at Mugello last year, now has 185 points in the overall standings at the midway point of the season, 19 clear of second-placed Pedrosa.

Reigning champion Casey Stoner of Australia, who has three victories to his name this season but could only finish eighth today, is in third spot on 148 points, with Dovizioso's fourth in 108.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who came home sixth on his Monster Yamaha, is fifth overall on 95.

Turning the corner: Britain's Cal Crutchlow came home in sixth place

Turning the corner: Britain's Cal Crutchlow came home in sixth place

MotoGP Casey Stoner grabs pole for German Grand Prix

Stoner holds his nerve to grab pole from Spies for German Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 7 July 2012

World champion Casey Stoner mastered a drying track to take pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

The Australian took top spot with a
best time of one minute 31.796 seconds late in the session, which had
earlier been hit by heavy rainfall.

Slick: Casey Stoner

Slick: Casey Stoner

The Honda rider's late effort was enough to dislodge the Yamaha of Ben Spies from pole, the American forced to settle for second, around two tenths of a second slower.

Stoner's team-mate Dani Pedrosa took third place in 1min 32.081secs.

Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow leads the way on row two, the Briton one place ahead of the second Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo, who is tied for the championship lead with Stoner on 140 points.

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

LCR Honda's German rider Stefan Bradl will start sixth, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Aspar's Aleix Espargaro.

The difficult conditions caught out a number of riders, with Michele Pirro, Danilo Petrucci, Mattia Pasini and Hector Barbera all crashing, although none sustained serious injury.

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Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

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UPDATED:

15:56 GMT, 30 June 2012

Casey Stoner drew level with Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP title race after winning the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.

Lorenzo saw his 25-point championship lead wiped out by Stoner after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista on the first corner of the race.

Stoner started from pole position and held off his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming third place after overtaking Ben Spies on the final lap.

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

The Australian drew level with Lorenzo on 140 points in the MotoGP title standings with Pedrosa third on 121 and Britain's Cal Crutchlow fourth with 77.

Crutchlow, racing two weeks after breaking his ankle, was hampered by the early crash and dropped back to 15th place but he recovered well to finish fifth.

Stoner told BBC Sport after his third win of the season: 'I didn't see that Lorenzo had crashed as I was focused on the fight at the front but what a difference a day makes.

'I had a big crash in practice on Friday but we managed to pull through for the race. Today has worked out perfectly for me.'

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Lorenzo was left furious with Bautista for the collision, an incident which has been placed under investigation by race officials.

Stoner later Tweeted: 'I feel sorry for @lorenzo99 he doesn't deserve that to happen and I don't want points that way. Thanks for everyone's support today!!'

The two Honda riders dominated the race and Stoner took the lead from Pedrosa with 10 laps remaining.

Some of the most exciting action came from watching Crutchlow pick his way through the field and then battle past Hector Barbera, Valentino Rossi and then Nicky Hayden to finish a creditable fifth.

Dovizioso caught up with Spies with three laps remaining and the pair were involved a thrilling tussle for the final podium position.

Dovizioso made his move heading into turn one of the final lap and then held his advantage to claim third place.

Luke Donald heads to Wentworth with Rory McIlroy"s world No 1 ranking in his sights

Donald heads to Wentworth with McIlroy's world No 1 ranking in his sights

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

15:27 GMT, 21 May 2012

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 21 May 2012

Luke Donald tees off at Wentworth on Thursday knowing a successful defence of the BMW PGA Championship will take him back to world No 1.

Donald took top spot for the first time when he beat incumbent Lee Westwood in a play-off a year ago. He stayed there until Rory McIlroy's victory at the Honda Classic in Florida in early March, and there have been four further changes between the pair since.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman, who next month defends his US Open crown in San Francisco, is also in the field for the European Tour's flagship event.

Luke who's back: Donald returns to England this week at Wentworth

Luke who's back: Donald returns to England this week at Wentworth

If Donald finishes second, McIlroy would have to win to keep hold of the No 1 position and if McIlroy misses the halfway cut – as he did on his last start at the Players Championship two weeks ago – Donald would need to finish eighth or better.

Westwood is currently third on the rankings, but just too far back to have a chance of leaping over the other two this week.

Defending champion: Donald won the BMW PGA Championship last year in a play-off with Lee Westwood

Defending champion: Donald won the BMW PGA Championship last year in a play-off

Former Masters champion Mike Weir is a late withdrawal.

The Canadian injured his lower back in the first round of the HP Byron Nelson in Texas last Thursday.

Challenge Tour graduate Danny Denison, from Leeds, comes into the field and will be making his debut in the championship five years after breaking both legs in a car crash.

The 27-year-old spent nearly two years on the sidelines before resuming his career, finishing joint runner-up in the St Omer Open last year and winning a Challenge Tour event in Denmark.

He has made only two halfway cuts in 10 starts so far this season.

Moto GP: Dani Pedrosa takes pole position in Le Mans

Pedrosa clinches pole from Stoner in Le Mans Moto GP qualifying

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 19 May 2012

Dani Pedrosa pipped Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's MotoGP round at Le Mans.

Drying conditions as the hour-long session unfolded allowed the Spaniard to clock one minute 33.638 seconds and take his first pole of the season – the fourth of his career at the French circuit.

Pipped: Dani Pedrosa beat his team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's race

Pipped: Dani Pedrosa beat his team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's race

Stoner came in second and Andrea Dovizioso third, his best grid position this season for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

The Italian led the timesheets with five minutes remaining but Stoner ducked narrowly under his time, only for Pedrosa to power to pole in the closing stages.

The second row sees Yamaha Factory pair Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies sandwiching Dovizioso's fifth-placed team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who set the early pace in the wet but was unable to step up later in the session.

Focused: Pedrosa will have to concentrate if he is to win Sunday's race in Le Mans

Focused: Pedrosa will have to concentrate if he is to win Sunday's race in Le Mans

Valentino Rossi is seventh for Ducati ahead of Alvaro Bautista, who crashed out of a late flying lap on his San Carlo Honda Gresini. Karel Abraham completes row three.

Home favourite Randy de Puniet was 12th but his Power Electronics Aspar colleague Aleix Espargero was forced back to the pits by a mechanical problem.

The changing conditions accounted for LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl as he switched too early to slick tyres and crashed out.

Casey Stoner to quit MotoGP at end of season

Stone me! World champion disillusioned with MotoGP and will quit at end of season

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UPDATED:

16:46 GMT, 17 May 2012

Reigning world champion Casey Stoner has stunned the MotoGP paddock by announcing that he will retire at the end of the 2012 season.

The Australian, 26, had denied rumours that he was to quit the sport at the previous round of the championship in Portugal, but he revealed his intention to call time on his career at a press conference ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix.

Bombshell: MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner

Bombshell: MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner

Stoner said: 'After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife, this has been coming for a couple of years now, but at the end of this 2012 season I will be not racing in the 2013 Championship.

'I will be finishing my career at the end of this season in MotoGP, and go forward in different things in my life.

'After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it.

'I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it's better if I retire now.

Shock: Stoner has lost his passion for racing

Shock: Stoner has lost his passion for racing

'There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction.

'And so, basically, we won't be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop So we decided to finish everything as we are now.'

Stoner's Repsol Honda team confirmed the news on their official Twitter feed, saying “Casey just announced that 2012 will be his final year in the MotoGP Championship. Let's hope he has a fantastic year!”

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