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Rory McIlroy Admits Tournament Withdrawal "Not The Right Thing To Do"
Published March 5, 2013
FACING THE MUSIC: FOXSPORTS.com’s Robert Lusetich notes McIlroy is “still only 23 -- still figuring out what it means to be Rory -- and he learned both ends of that ethics lesson last Friday.” His withdrawal “was -- appropriately -- roundly condemned throughout the sports world.” McIlroy acknowledged that it “wasn’t a medical emergency," which means he is “sure to face fines from the Tour.” But he “only needs money to pay those.” Repairing his “battered image won’t come so cheaply.” He is still “going to be squirming in his chair” during his pre-tournament news conference at the WGC Cadillac Championship, but the questions “will be easier to deal with now than if he’d maintained silence.” Golfer Graeme McDowell “thinks McIlroy feels pressure to justify the mega-deal -- of at least $100 million -- he signed with Nike.” McDowell said, "Everyone is saying he can’t do it with Nike equipment. This game is an extremely difficult sport, especially when you start playing for other people" (FOXSPORTS.com, 3/5).