Ever wake up in a pool of blood?
The unnerving, completely frightening experience happened to me days after I had my wisdom teeth removed. Looking back on the entire ordeal, the experience never seemed painful. They dope you up pretty good. The usual ice cream and less than solid food experience followed for a handful of days until that morning. Not entirely uncommon, they patched my mouth up and that was that.
Somehow, on a Friday morning in March, that brings us to Rory McIlroy.
The number one player in the world walked off the golf course on Friday morning in the middle of a horrid round, motored past scoring officials and the tournament director and rushed out of Palm Beach Gardens. McIlroy never completed his second round of The Honda Classic – not like he threatened to make the cut anyway. McIlroy toyed with a second round 80 (if he kept going; he was 7-over at the turn) in his third tournament of the season. Rory hasn’t made a cut this year and left this mid-level tournament with an incredibly cryptic remark to reporters that stopped him before he could jet away: “I’m not in a good place mentally, you know?”
He cited a severe wisdom tooth pain affecting concentration. His management team released a quote attributed to Rory nearly an hour after he left the course that seemed more crafted than a dessert on “Top Chef.”
“I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future,” McIlroy said in the statement. “It began bothering me again last night, so I relieved it with Advil. It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners.”
This obviously raises more red flags than the latest episode of “Catfish.”
McIlroy played two publicized exhibition match play rounds with Tiger Woods that drew more interest than the actual final match of the WGC Match Play Championship over the weekend. At the pre-tournament press conference, McIlroy said this wasn’t a time to panic.
Rory’s achieved incredible success and fame all before his 24th birthday. Who knew things change quickly in golf?
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