ALL roads lead to Augusta for Rory McIlroy, who insists that next month’s Commercial Court date with his former management company will not be a major obstacle to the completion of his career Grand Slam at April’s Masters.
McIlroy, who strikes his first competitive shot of 2015 in tomorrow’s opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, appears unruffled as the February 2 trial date looms at the Four Courts.
Asked if he believed the court case will be a distraction as he prepares for Augusta, McIlroy replied: “No, not at all. I just go with what my lawyers say, and they tell me to sit tight and not talk too much about it. That’s it. It’s no big deal. I’ll be okay.”
McIlroy is suing his former agents and being counter-sued, with tens of millions of Euro at stake. Proceedings may last six weeks or more and he faces several days in the witness box.
Yet the 25-year old appears undaunted. “I just have to get up there and tell the truth, that’s all,” McIlroy said.
Refreshed after a four week winter break in Ireland, McIlroy has hit the ball “fantastically” in practice, according to coach Michael Bannon.