Rory McIlroy withdrew
from the Honda Classic.
Shapiro: Cut Rory Some Slack
Green: Wild, Wacky 2013
Stacy Lewis Wins In Singapore
VOLUME 4 ISSUE 9
Moments after Johnny Miller shot 63 in
the final round to win the 1973 U.S. Open at
Oakmont, a reporter asked what was going
through his head during the round.
“Nothing,” Miller replied.
The message was clear. Golf is a game,
not a quantum physics final. Miller’s mind
Which brings us, mentally and dentally,
to the continuing and distracted struggles of
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Golf isn’t brain surgery, but when one of
your wisdom teeth is throbbing, you probably need oral surgery. Or, to paraphrase the
catchphrase: Just pull it.
Yes, according to Rory, a sore third molar
temporarily gummed up his works last week
at the Honda Classic. And it belatedly served
as McIlroy’s widely second-guessed excuse
for withdrawing in mid-round Friday. All of
which dramatically impacted the 2013 arrival
of the Florida Swing.
We’re still waiting, by the way, for the
2013 arrival of Rory’s swing.
“Right now,” said Miller of McIlroy on
NBC-TV Saturday, “he’s a bit of a golfing mess.”
“Tooth-hurty,” one wag cracked when
asked for Rory’s next tee time.
Meanwhile, all this achy-breaky dentition derision did a distinct disservice to
the Sunday clinic staged by Honda winner
Michael Thompson, a relatively little-known
Alabaman. It’s worth noting that Americans
have won all nine events on the PGA Tour so
far this year.
On the women’s side, 2012 LPGA Player
of the Year Stacy Lewis won again, this time
in Singapore. It’s just a matter of time before
she overtakes Yani Tseng atop the Rolex