So Rory McIlroy leaves the Honda Classic midway through his second round, just packs it in and goes home. Tells reporters in the parking lot the "he's not in a good place mentally." A little while later, a statement is released in which Rory claims to be suffering from pain in a wisdom tooth that affected his concentration.
I get that whatever the no. 1 player in the game does is big news.
Switches from Titleist to Nike for big bucks? Yup, big news.
Misses the cut in his first tournament with the new clubs? Big news, really big.
Gets knocked out in first round of match play event? That's big.
Plays 36 with Tiger the Sunday morning after going home from match play event? Hey, anytime Rory and Tiger do anything together it's going to qualify as big news. Just the way it is and those guys know it.
Here is what I don't get: Jack Nicklaus says that Rory will be "fine" by the time the Masters comes around next month and his comment is treated