I woke up to a major lovefest on Twitter and now the reviews are unanimous from the Doral media center: we have our Rory back! Our cute, utterly pettable Rory McIlroy was honest and forthright with us about his petulant behavior, unlike you-know-who.
Yes, it sounds like the scribblers have already forgotten the lad who callously fired one agent, isn't a fan of links golf, had a walk-off WD last week and backed it up with a severe stretching of the truth about a tooth!
Jim McCabe has the least doting rundown of Rory's apology/admission press conference. He leaves his pom-poms at home thankfully and just reports what was said, what was clarified, etc...
James Corrigan said the "mea culpa came naturally" but did note, "it was an impressive display, only marred by a stupid joke with an Irish pop star." Seems there was indeed an edge to his Twitter hashtags. Those begrudgers!
Bob Harig takes the love up a notch, calling the performance an "ace."
McIlroy did what he had to do Wednesday at the Trump Doral Resort, where he took questions about his ill-conceived decision to walk off the golf course in mid-round last Friday at the Honda Classic.
He said he was wrong, and he apologized.
Pretty simple stuff, really. Fairways and greens, a close approach, a birdie putt.
Rex Hoggard was all on board the Rory Express, saying the lad "hit all the right notes" and then spills over the proverbial top:
This isn’t about wisdom teeth, or new golf clubs or even a slightly-off-kilter swing so much as it is the unquantifiable pressure that comes with the number next to his name."
Well the good news is, he keeps stinking it up under the unquantifiable pressure, World No. 2 is right around the corner. Or he could experience genuinely unquantifiable pressure, like wondering how he's going to pay his next rent check?
As much as McIlroy got killed last week for walking off the course, it was hard to watch this press conference and not feel impressed by his wisdom. He was open, honest, forthright, everything we want our athletes to be.
Everything Tiger Woods is not.
"I think Rory did a really great job at the press conference," Danish former world number one Wozniacki told reporters while preparing for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
"He said what he had to say. He was honest. Now he's got to go out there this week and hopefully play some good golf."