Men's Golf

Rory Mcllroy's Latest Wisdom; Not the Clubs, It Was a Toothache

A toothache exit.
A toothache exit.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Robert HartmanCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2013

Oh, these nagging injuries.  The NFL should be so lucky. 

For a non-contact sport, the PGA Tour is rough and tumble in a powder-puff kind of way.

In years past, there have been some really bizarre accidents and injuries leaving some of the world's best players on the sideline.

Hunter Haas almost tore the nail off of his right thumb in 2008.  Haas was trying to reverse the wheels on the walker for his child.  Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open in 2010 and then went hunting, a fairly harmless pass time.  Only, in his excitement to rope the buck he shot, he tripped in a hole and tore ligaments in his left ankle.  In 2012, defending U.S. Open champion Graeme Mcdowell closed his hand in a hotel door at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament.  Mcdowell played through the pain and the snickering.

David Duval climbed the rankings on the PGA Tour and then a coffee pot incident left him in the rough before the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 1999.  There have been skiing accidents, panic attacks, motorcycle mishaps, golf cart tumbles; that have all left golfers on the sideline - injured.  

Ask Brandt Jobe about injuries and he will tell you about a hand accident pushing a broom at his home and more recently he said at the PGA Tour stop at Riviera, "I had been sitting on some stands watching my son play baseball all day, eight hours.  I woke up the next morning locked up." (ASAP sports, February 2013).

 And, last week, Rory Mcllroy had a toothache.  A toothache.  Not a bicuspid, incisor, apparently it was of all things - a wisdom tooth.  How ironic.  Didn't the Cowardly Lion get a toothache and continue on the Yellow Brick Road.  Maybe that was a different cartoonish character?  Elton John has a toothache and keeps playing the ivories and singing the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

How does a toothache derail the worlds No. 1 player after eight holes in the second round?

The NFL is worried about concussion protocol.  The PGA Tour should be worried about a concussion due to Tour organizers trying to mentally understand what is going on with these players.

The excuses slowly percolated from the Mcllroy camp.  It was a result of the pressure from being the world's No. 1 player.  It was a disgruntled Mcllroy who was feuding with girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki.  

Mcllroy admits he made a bad decision.  But, what's next?  Be careful, because there are no guard rails at the Hogan Bridge.

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