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Everyone Chips On Rory’s Issues

As the debate over Rory McIlroy’s withdrawal from the Honda Classic rumbles on everyone has an opinion on the world number one’s failure to defend his title. Players and fans alike have aligned themselves on either side of issue even the two most successful golfers of all time have weighed in.

Speaking about the world No.1 walk off after a disastrous eight holes left him seven-over par on day two of the event at Palm Beach, claiming he was suffering from tooth-ache, 18 time major winner Jack Nicklaus said, "He shouldn’t have walked off," Nicklaus said. "If he had thought about it for five minutes, he wouldn’t have done it."

However with the Golden Bear’s comments being picked up by the media there appears no ill feeling as Nicklaus, who last spoke to McIlroy last Monday, went on to describe him as, "He's a good kid." "When Augusta rolls around, he'll be fine."

Meanwhile 14 time major winner Tiger Woods who knows all about a life in the spot light came from a more sympathetic angle defending his Nike label mate saying, "I've been through it for a long time," he said. "But also this is a slightly different era as well. It's even faster than what it was when I came out. Things are instantaneous around the world. We were still in fax machines; things were a little bit slower."

Rory is set to face the press this week ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Hopefully once he’s had a chance to put across his side of the story things will cool off.