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Jack Nicklaus on Rory McIlroy: ‘He shouldn’t have walked off the golf course’

Shane Bacon
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There are plenty of people with opinions on what happened with Rory McIlroy this week at the Honda Classic. A year ago Rory was becoming the No. 1 golfer in the world at this event but on Friday he made news in another way; by walking off the golf course mid-round on his way to a missed cut.

Much has been made about this, and Rory has already promised to speak about what really happened this Tuesday at Doral, but that didn't stop the all-time leader in major wins to comment on McIlroy's early exit.

"He shouldn’t have walked off the golf course. That was unfortunate. I think if he had thought about it for five minutes he wouldn’t have done it," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus went on to say that he talked to McIlroy this past Monday about all the equipment chatter and told him things will settle down once he starts playing better golf, adding, "I am sure Nike will work with him to get where he has to get. He will be fine. When the Masters rolls around, Rory McIlroy is going to be playing just fine."

I tend to wholeheartedly agree with everything Nicklaus says, and that doesn't change here. Wisdom teeth pain or no pain, you can't leave a golf tournament like this early if you're playing this bad, because nobody is going to believe what you say even if it's true.

I also think McIlroy is going to be perfectly fine in the coming weeks. Like I've said in the past, the clubs aren't to blame, and if he's openly frustrated enough to walk off a golf course he won at a year ago that probably has a lot more to do with his mental psyche than what brand is across the front of his golf hat.

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