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McIlroy Has Some Explaining to Do

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The shocking aspect was not that Rory McIlroy withdrew from a golf tournament with a toothache, although – judging by the “A golfer quit because of what?” captions on photos of tooth-deprived Bobby Clarke and Duncan Keith that made the rounds – hockey fans did find the pain threshold amusing.

No, what got the sporting world’s shorts in a knot Friday morning was that for the first time in anyone’s memory, Rory McIlroy, the fresh prince of golf, the Northern Irish ray of sunshine, the 23-year-old world No. 1, did an uncool thing.

He walked off the course in the middle of his ninth hole of the day, the par-5 18th at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after hitting his approach to the green into the...

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