The 2014 Honda Classic, beginning Thursday, will be the first tournament of the calendar year to feature Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, and Rory McIlroy. For the 24-year-old McIlroy, the tournament will offer him a shot at redemption.
At the 2013 edition of the tournament, McIlroy infamously stormed off the course during the second round, sparking widespread criticism. McIlroy reflected on the incident Wednesday, telling reporters he’s made strides in improving his mental preparation since the fiasco:
“There were a lot of things I needed to change off the course to get my head right to be able to go on the course and just think about golf.
“That’s been the biggest improvement from this time last year. You should never walk off the golf course, no matter how bad things are, but it was just one of those days I just felt I couldn’t cope with anything more, especially the way I was heading.
“I was going to shoot 90 (and) that’s the last thing I needed. It wasn’t my finest hour at the end of the day. Everyone makes mistakes.”
McIlroy’s playing group — consisting of himself, Scott, and Billy Horschel — will tee off at 12:25 p.m. ET on Thursday.