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I think he withdrew because he didn't want to face "THE BEAR TREAP".  They're the three hardest holes in all of tournament golf.  You're either playing THE BEAR TRAP" and ruining your round or you're thinking about it and ruining your round.

I heard that the commentators are contractually obligated to say how brutal those three holes are every 30 seconds.  The over/under for mentions of "THE BEAR TRAP" is 10,000.  I'm betting both my kidneys on the over.

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He may claim he was a distraction to the others in the group but walking off is even more IMO.

Maybe he heard one too many people state that the club change wouldn't affect a golfer of his calibre that much. If anything, I'd think it would affect those elite guys even more in competition. A few errant shots and the confidence that got them to the #1 spot starts disappearing.

Has there been a golfer up near the top that made such a drastic change in clubs and didn't have a dropoff? Nick Price comes to mind but I can't remember if he totally dropped off or just kind of slowly disappeared.

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Originally Posted by CraiginKSA

I think he withdrew because he didn't want to face "THE BEAR TREAP".  They're the three hardest holes in all of tournament golf.  You're either playing THE BEAR TRAP" and ruining your round or you're thinking about it and ruining your round.

I heard that the commentators are contractually obligated to say how brutal those three holes are every 30 seconds.  The over/under for mentions of "THE BEAR TRAP" is 10,000.  I'm betting both my kidneys on the over.

I think Rory started on 10, so he did face the BEAR TRAP.  Here's Els take on Rory quitting;  “I'm a great fan of Rory's, but I don't think that was the right thing to do.”

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Tiger birdied 14 so he's Even heading into the Bear Trap - needs to go bogey free or birdie 18 to make the cut right now.

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Sure wish Golf could rise above the current drama-based approach to human events.

Now, many are treating Rory like he is a lying politician or a spoiled trust fund baby.

I think that they should give him the benefit of the doubt - isn't golf about honor and integrity?

Doesn't he have an established reputation as a credible, disciplined, and trustworthy guy?

Thought I saw him making some faces which would support his comments about pain from the wisdom tooth.

That he was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on 18 doesn't conflict with his post.

That he didn't say anything specific about it to his playing partners is unfortunate. But, I would think that he was suffering

physically and stressed out about how bad it had affected his game and the fallout of leaving before the round was finished.

At any rate, hope the announcers get off this and focus on the accomplishments on the course, especially for the leader.

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Tiger through at even par. Is the cut confirmed?

Tiger's in. Third tee time of the morning, but he's in.

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I'm watching Golf Channel and they took 15 of 23 minutes to move from Rory/Tiger to talk about the leaders of the tournament ---- then back to Rory Story - I guess you have to deal with that when you're Number 1 - (My wife thinks that he is a hack for WDing lol)

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Originally Posted by Old1964

I think that they should give him the benefit of the doubt - isn't golf about honor and integrity?

Doesn't he have an established reputation as a credible, disciplined, and trustworthy guy?

Benefit of the doubt on what?  That the excuse he made up after he had time to think about his actions was legit?

And no, he doesn't.

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Originally Posted by WWBDD

How so?

Don't get me wrong; he doesn't have a reputation of an undisciplined liar.  But he has always struck me as just as fallible as most other tour pros.  I've seen small flashes of petulant behavior from him before.  Considering his age back then and that he'd appeared to mature a lot since then, it didn't strike me as something to hold against him.  But this scenario is by no means a shocker to me.  The bigger the spotlight grows, the tougher it is to handle and the more fallible we appear.  I believe this is just another episode of some immaturity that he will grow from.

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I think sometime in the very near future Rory will offer a mea culpa about the situation. Did he act poorly given his current status, sure but I'm not going to kill him over it. We all have had issues at home that get brought to the office whether we want them or not.

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