Date: March 07, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Rory: It won’t happen again

A contrite Rory McIlroy has apologised for his withdrawal at the Honda Classic saying he has to learn to “grind it out” under pressure. The World Number 1 is in Miami this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a week after he walked off PGA National at 7 over par through eight holes with wisdom tooth pain in the second round. I realized 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 regret what I did. But, it s over now and it won t happen again,” McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday. I learned that when the tough gets going, I ve got to stick in there a bit more and I ve got to grind it out. There s no excuse for quitting and it doesn’t set a good example for the kids watching me, trying to emulate the way I do. ” I ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to perform and I ve been working so hard and not really getting much out of it. That s just been the frustrating thing and that s what happened, McIlroy added. The Northern Irishman said his swing was his major area of work at present. McIlroy spent much of his days off at the exclusive Bear&aposs Club practising with coach Michael Bannon. I ve worked my backside off over the last four or five days to really try and get this right. Still, it s a work in progress. As I said, there s no quick fixes in golf but I m going to go out there this week and all I care about is my swing, McIlroy said. McIlroy said lessons were learnt from stopping at the Honda Classic. I actually think in the long run, Friday will be a blessing in disguise. It was like it just sort of released a valve and all that sort of pressure that I ve been putting on myself just went away. ” I ve got to remember, I started to play golf because I love it, I really do. It’s been my life for, well, it s been my life for my life,” McIlroy said. McIlroy added he was still adjusting to his role and responsbilities as the World Number 1. I m 23 years old, I m still learning. I ve hopefully got 20, 25 more years of this to do and having the pleasure of talking to you guys (media) every Wednesday.