I should have stayed out there…

Rory McIlroy

“I learned that when the going gets tough, 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 what I do.  It wasn’t good for a whole lot of reasons, for the tournament, the people coming out to watch me.  I feel like I let a lot of people down with what I did last week and you know, for that I am very sorry.”

~ Rory McIlroy, 23, is the world’s No. 1 golfer.

He was seven over par after eight holes and looking at another potential bogey or worse after his second shot on the par-5 18th landed in the water.  He withdrew without finishing his ninth hole.  An hour later, he released a statement saying a sore wisdom tooth had made it impossible for him to continue.

Good for you young man. Good for you to own up…

Source: New York Times

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  1. I was really surprised to see him leave the course, thinking that here again was another show of histrionics; another tempermental, talented kid with an untempered ego. It was good to see him own his behavior and reflect some humility in the process..


  2. We all make mistakes. It’s what we learn from them that counts. I think he has learned a valuable lesson in the public eye….perhaps we can all learn a little something here?


  3. I would like to see Congress show the same amount of courage, humility and accountability as this 23 year old. But wisdom does not always come with age, as we can see in our Congress.


  4. That took guts. Owning up to mistakes isn’t easy, but in the end enhances reputation and builds trust.


  5. Mistakes are happen for us to learn valuable lessons from, if we pay attention. Sounds like he learned a good one.


  6. Good to admit to a bad decision. On the other and I’ve watched lots of baseball games where I thought — I bet the guys behind 19 – 2 would love to say — “aw the hell with it — lets go get a beer, we’ll get ’em tomorrow.” In American football they practically do quit at the end of many games — they call it running out the clock. I’ve never heard a professional player or coach/manager say “ya know, ya can’t win them all.” But ya know — ya can’t!


  7. Alex Jones says:

    Learning curve.


  8. I respect him more for what he said. It takes courage and not everyone accepts and appreciates such courageous acts.


  9. lkanigan says:

    I betcha he wishes he had a mulligan on that one. Good save after.


  10. petit4chocolatier says:

    He learned a lesson, like we all have.


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