Paddy Power turned toothfairy for punters on Friday when we refunded ALL outright bets on Rory McIlroy in the Honda Classic after the World No1 dramatically walked off the course in Florida complaining of a toothache.
The defending champion was seven over for eight holes in his second round at Palm Beach Gardens when he put his second shot into the water on the par-five 18th. McIlroy was 12/1 at the start of the tournament to win.
McIlroy tweeted he was ‘gutted’ that severe pain had led to him being unable to defend his title.
Apologies to all at the Honda. A tough day made impossible by severe tooth pain. Was desperate to defend title but couldn’t play on. Gutted
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) March 1, 2013
In a statement released to the PGA Tour website McIlroy added:
I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. 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. I came here with every intention of defending my Honda Classic title. Even though my results haven’t revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner. I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make. I sincerely apologise to the Honda Classic and PGA Tour for my sudden withdrawal.
The 23-year-old has struggled with his game this year – missing the cut in Abu Dhabi and losing in the opening round of the World Match Play Championship in snowy Arizona to Shane Lowry. McIlroy’s performances have attracted even greater scrutiny since he signed a £150m equipment deal with Nike in January.
Better get your shit together soon, Rory, we can’t afford this all year 🙂