In the end, it was just like a visit to the dentist.
Rory McIlroy wasn't exactly looking forward to facing the media Wednesday morning to deliver a mea culpa on his mid-round withdrawal at last week's Honda Classic and ill-advised attempt to blame it on a toothache.
But, like a trip to the dentist, after the drilling, he felt better.
"I regret what I did," said a contrite McIlroy, who admitted that his wisdom tooth, while sore, really didn't bother him enough to quit.
"There's no excuse for quitting and it doesn't set a good example for the kids watching me, trying to emulate what I do.
"I feel like I let a lot of people down with what I did last week and for that, I am very sorry."
If nothing else, it was refreshing to hear an apology from an athlete that didn't begin with: "If I have offended anyone ...".
You're either sorry or you're sorry that someone else thinks you should be sorry.