A 'good lie' might have helped Rory
IMAGINE if Rory McIlroy hadn't told the truth – the whole truth – and had spoken of nothing but his aching tooth after walking off the course last Friday.
He probably would have ridden a wave of public sympathy all the way to Doral and this week's Cadillac World Golf Championship.
This inevitably leads to the sad conclusion that a good lie may be just as advantageous off the course as it is on it ... while a modicum of spin can always be helpful.
It was interesting to hear Tiger Woods advise his young friend that he's "got to think about it a little bit more if he's going to say something or do something" in this age of instant mass exposure.
In fairness, his intentions were good, even if taking PR advice from Tiger makes as much sense as buying a DVD from Del Boy Trotter.
As someone who has pulled out of six tournaments – once as an amateur when he badly sprained his wrist at the US Open and five times as a pro – Tiger moved quickly to insist that he had only withdrawn from events because of injury and "never because of my golf".
See, you've always got to think a little bit more before opening your mouth.