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March 2, 2013

Frustrated McIlroy walks off course at Honda

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figured out.”

Geoff Ogilvy always preached caution about rushing

to judgment of Boy Wonder. A year ago, McIlroy missed the cut in four out of five tournaments, including the U.S. Open. He won four times from

August to November, including the PGA and two FedEx Cup playoff events.

“Everyone

is being a little hard on the equipment,” Ogilvy said. “He has a plan.

He had a plan last year, and it all worked out for him. He had a rubbish

year, really, until late summer. In May, everyone was throwing him

under the bus and everyone was claiming him at the end of the year.

“He’ll probably go win the Masters by eight and we’ll all go, ‘He knew what he was doing.’”

It

was the second straight year one of golf’s biggest stars failed to

finish a tournament on the Florida swing. Woods withdrew after 11 holes

on the final round at Doral last year because of tightness in his

Achilles tendon, raising questions about the seriousness of his recurring leg injuries. He won Bay Hill two weeks later.

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