Time to move past Rory McIlroy's walk-off tantrum

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy speaks at a news conference during a practice day for the 2013...

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy speaks at a news conference during a practice day for the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship PGA golf tournament in Doral, Florida March 6, 2013. (REUTERS)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 PM ET

In a span of five days, Rory McIlroy learned a huge lesson on what it’s like to be a young man, the best golfer in the world and an international superstar.

Ever since his temper-tantrum-turned-toothache on Friday, the world of golf, and beyond, has been speculating about just what happened to the good-natured kid with a god-given talent on the course and around the media.

Maybe the new clubs weren’t working.

Maybe there was a mental breakdown.

Maybe his relationship with tennis superstar Caroline Wozniaki was on the rocks.

Maybe his dental coverage wasn’t paid up.

What’s clear, and what seemed clear from the get-go, is that the kid had a bad day.

Sure, he shouldn’t have slammed his club in disgust and walked off. Sure, his story may not have passed the smell-test, but the mop-topped chap from Northern Ireland did what he should have on Wednesday.

He told the truth.

 


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