After receiving criticism for skipping the WGC-HBSC Champions, Rory McIlroy had some explaining to do during Wednesday's press conference.
As reported by the Independent, McIlroy traveled instead to Bulgaria to watch girlfriend Carolina Wozniacki play tennis.
"It's a big event, it's a tough one to miss.
"I need those weeks where I can just completely escape from this, from my life.
"Spending time with Caroline helps me to do that. That's the biggest challenge for us going forward.
"I can't play every week. If I had I would have played five in a row finishing the season and after playing Turkey and Ryder Cup and all the FedEx Cup stuff it's just too much."