A year ago, Rory McIlroy sat atop the golfing world, fresh off his second major title at the PGA Championship. It’s been a different story in 2013 as the former world no. 1 has dropped to no. 6 in the official world rankings.
His year will be remembered not as much for his somewhat forgettable season and more for incidents like his “toothache” at the Honda Classic and his off-course dramas — whether it was with his ex(?)-girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and parting ways with his management company that has resulted in a nightmarish legal battle.
McIlroy, who is set to defend his title at the Race to Dubai this week, finally spoke publicly about how these distractions have impacted his performance on the golf course, according to the Guardian’s Ewan Murray: