Rory McIlroy says he regrets walking off the course at the Honda Classic

Last Updated: 07/03/13 10:23am

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Rory McIlroy: Sorry he quit during the middle of his round last week.

Rory McIlroy: Sorry he quit during the middle of his round last week.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has vowed not to walk off the golf course in the middle of his round again, following his much-criticised withdrawal from the Honda Classic.

The dual major champion hit the headlines last Friday when he quit the tournament after struggling through the first eight holes of his second round in seven-over par, later citing toothache as the reason for his decision not to finish.

However, speaking to the media ahead of this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, McIlroy admitted that he was wrong to pull out.

"Obviously I've had a lot of time to think about it," he said. "I realised pretty quickly that it wasn't the right thing to do.

"No matter how bad I was playing, I should have stayed out there. I should have tried to shoot the best score possible, even though it probably wasn't going to be good enough to make the cut.

"I regret what I did and it won't happen again."

Following his pull-out, McIlroy initially told reporters he was not in a "good place mentally" before mentioning the tooth pain later on, and he now says that both were factors.

Struggling

"I wasn't in a good place with my golf game," he said. "Mentally, my head was all over the place.

"But, at the same time, I have been struggling with my lower right wisdom tooth for over a year.

"So, yeah, my tooth was bothering me, but it wasn't bothering me enough to probably, you know, quit.

"At that moment in time I was all over the place and I just saw red.

"But there is no excuse for quitting. I feel like I let a lot of people down with what I did last week, and for that I am sorry."

McIlroy is now hoping for a much-improved showing this week and he will be in a group with Tiger Woods and Luke Donald on Thursday and Friday at Doral's Blue Monster course.

"Friday might be a blessing in disguise," he said. "It sort of released the pressure valve."

The 23-year-old says he has been working hard with coach Michael Bannon to iron out a flaw in his backswing.

"I know if I can get my takeaway fixed the rest of the swing will follow," he said.

"It's a work in progress but I am going to go out there this week and all I will care about is my swing.

"If I can get my swing back on track, the results will follow. I am not putting any pressure on myself to perform.

"It's just a matter of getting comfortable with it. When I take the club away and try to put it in the right position, it feels very alien to me right now. But, the more reps I do, the more comfortable I am going to get with it."

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