also hit into the water on the 18th and was complaining to a rules official about the muddy conditions of the fairway when he figured out McIlroy was through.
“I was dropping my ball and I realized he wasn’t dropping his ball,” Els said. “I thought maybe his ball crossed
further up (the hazard). When I hit my fourth shot, he just came up and
said, ‘Here’s my card. I’m out of here.’”
McIlroy, who last year
won the Honda Classic to go to No. 1 in the world for the first time, apologized to the tournament for his “sudden withdrawal.”
been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the
near future,” McIlroy said. “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.”
He was seen eating a sandwich on the 18th fairway.
“I’m a great fan of Rory’s, but I don’t think that was the right thing to do,” Els said.
Told about McIlroy’s statement about the sore wisdom tooth, Els softened his stance, not wanting to judge another player’s pain.
didn’t see anything, but if he had a toothache, that’s what it is, you
know?” Els said. “Hey, it’s tough. If you ask him how he’s feeling now,
he’s obviously feeling terrible for what’s happened this morning.”
didn’t notice anything,” Wilson said. “He wasn’t playing the way the
world No. 1 plays normally. Didn’t hit the ball where he wanted to, and he’s a true gentleman, though. He ... wasn’t treating Ernie and myself in a different way. He was upset with his golf and I guess he had enough