Rory McIlroy’s abrupt withdraw from the Honda Classic Friday won’t have any impact on his odds to win the 2013 Masters.
McIlroy left after his ninth hole on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and went straight to his car, telling reporters that, "I'm not in a great place mentally. I can't really say much, guys. I'm just in a bad place mentally.''
McIlroy, who blames the withdraw on tooth pain, is currently +800 to win the Masters and will stay there despite his bizarre actions Friday.
“I can't see it affecting his (Masters) odds all that much, everyone knows things happen in early season tournaments and majors are a completely different animal,” an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.ag told Covers. “Pulling out of one tournament is not going to affect his future odds on the Masters.”
The World’s No. 1 golfer opened as a +650 favorite to win the 2013 Masters but has slid back in the field due to a rough start to the season and a switch in sponsor, which saw all 14 of his clubs changed over to Nike. Tiger Woods is currently the favorite at +500.
McIlroy was at 7-over par when he withdrew from the Honda Classic, which he won last year. He shot an even-par 70 Thursday coming off a first-round upset in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last week.
Online sportsbook PaddyPower.com quickly refunded all outright bets on McIlroy for the Honda Classic, where he was +1,200 to win entering the tournament.