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McIlroy Apologizes Again For Withdrawal, Claims Nike Clubs Not To Blame For Poor Play
Published March 7, 2013
TAKING NOTE: In Augusta, Scott Michaux writes if any other "athletes, politicians, CEOs or regular Joes were watching, take notes." McIlroy's apology "rang genuine and unrehearsed." His "public relations nightmare ... was put to rest with the easiest of all solutions -- sincerity" (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 3/7). In N.Y., Mark Cannizzaro writes having "witnessed and analyzed the way McIlroy had handled himself in the face of adversity up to that point in his career, I believe this was a blip on the radar for him, an aberration." Last week was McIlroy's "immature moment ... and it's something we won't see happen again" (N.Y. POST, 3/7). In Miami, Greg Cote writes too much "has been made of McIlroy’s abrupt withdrawal." He "didn’t get busted for DUI, test positive for steroids, cheat on his scorecard, throw his clubs into a lake or bludgeon a spectator with a 4-iron." McIlroy let his "frustration reach a hard boil and made a bad, knee-jerk decision, that’s all" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/7). But in West Palm Beach, Greg Stoda writes it is time for McIlroy "to prove himself." The "cacophony of speculation about what might be wrong with him and/or his game and/or his new equipment will increase if he doesn’t play well coming off his walk-away" (PALM BEACH POST, 3/7).