By Houston Mitchell and Tribune news services
11:51 AM EST, March 1, 2013
Rory McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer in the world, walked off the golf course Friday and withdrew from the Honda Classic in South Florida after hitting his second shot into the water on the par-5 18th hole.
After the ball landed in the water, McIlroy walked straight to his car and drove off. He told reporters as he walked to the parking lot that he was not in a good place mentally.
“There's not really much I can say, guys,” McIlroy said. “I'm not in a good place mentally, you know?”
He said there was nothing wrong physically. When asked about his swing, he said, “Yeah, I really don't know what's going on.”
The PGA Tour later reported that McIlroy was suffering "severe wisdom tooth pain" that was affecting his concentration.
The defending champion was seven over for the tournament when he left the course in Palm Beach Gardens.
It has been a difficult year for McIlroy so far. He missed the cut in his first tournament of the year and lost in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship last week.