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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

Jonny Evans set to infuriate Sir Alex Ferguson with Northern Ireland appearance

Ferguson fumes as crocked Evans prepares for Luxembourg qualifier

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 11 September 2012

Jonny Evans will play for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday night despite not being fully fit.

The Manchester United defender hasn't featured for Sir Alex Ferguson this season after an ankle operation in the summer.

But the 25-year-old was called upon by manager Michael O'Neill for Northern Ireland in their 2-0 defeat at Russia on Friday night.

Injury concern: Evans hasn't featured for Manchester United this season

Injury concern: Evans hasn't featured for Manchester United this season

Evans limped off at half-time, but went on to play the full 90 minutes with his ankle heavily strapped.

It was expected the defender would not feature against Luxembourg, but Evans is set to play through the pain barrier.

Evans said: 'I have only played one reserve game for United this season after having the surgery in the summer. But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer, but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on.

Great Scot: Sir Alex Ferguson cheered on his compatriot on Monday night

Great Scot: Sir Alex Ferguson cheered on his compatriot on Monday night

'After a couple of painkillers, it did feel a bit better and, if anything, I felt stronger as the game went on.'

The news is likely to infuriate Ferguson, who was courtside at Flushing Meadows on Monday night to witness Andy Murray triumph over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

Ferguson has endured a defensive crisis at Old Trafford this campaign and cannot afford to see Evans back in the treatment room as he prepares for the visit of Wigan on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland utility man Andy Little has been ruled out of Tuesday night's qualifier.

The Rangers man, who can play in a variety of positions, was under consideration to start on the right side of midfield at Windsor Park but has instead been sent back to Ibrox with a foot injury.

Jonny Evans doubtful for Northern Ireland v Luxembourg

Evans doubtful for Luxembourg clash with ankle injury troubling United defender

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UPDATED:

08:12 GMT, 9 September 2012

Jonny Evans played through the pain in Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying defeat to Russia but remains a doubt for Tuesday's home clash against Luxembourg.

Evans underwent ankle surgery in the summer, forcing a lengthy rehabilitation and a belated start to the domestic season with Manchester United.

He has yet to feature for the first team this term but was thrust straight into Michael O'Neill's starting XI for the 2-0 defeat in Moscow.

Injury doubt: Evans is struggling with an ankle knock

Injury doubt: Evans is struggling with an ankle knock

The 25-year-old limped off at half-time but, despite admitting he had been in discomfort from almost the start of the game, he went on to play the full 90 minutes.

Evans' club manager Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to take a keen interest in the central defender's fitness – not least because of Phil Jones' latest setback – while O'Neill will be desperate to have him available at Windsor Park.

Whether or not that will be possible should become clear in the next 24 hours.

'I've only played one reserve game this season after having the surgery in the summer so to be honest, it was just good to get back on the pitch,' said Evans.

'But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on for the second half.

'I was disappointed I felt pain so quickly in the game but if I'm being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain – just not that early.

Slow start: Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Moscow

Slow start: Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Moscow

'After a couple of painkillers it did feel a bit better and if anything I felt stronger as the game went on, but like I say, I had a heavier strapping on then.'

Northern Ireland's primary task at the Lokomotiv Stadium was one of containment, but Evans is anticipating an entirely different game at Windsor Park.

Although Luxembourg are actually ranked 23 places higher than their hosts at 106th in the FIFA standings, expectations will be firmly on Northern Ireland to take the attacking burden.

'The really pleasing thing (about the Russia match) is that we all stuck together and that is going to be crucial throughout the campaign,' he said.

'On Tuesday I would like to think we will have more of the ball and try to attack Luxembourg more.

'Of course that is always a potential banana skin for us but people will be expecting us to put on a show and get a win.

'We are happy with most of our play in Russia but we know it is a different task on Tuesday and hopefully we will get our campaign at Windsor Park off to the best start.'