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.
McIlroy's genuinely sorry and hopes the world will forgive him.
I'd imagine it will, bu...