Rory McIlroy says that his ongoing legal dispute with his former management company won’t shake up one of Europe’s most dynamic Ryder Cup partnerships.
Graeme McDowell’s name was dragged into court last month when McIlroy’s legal team argued that the former world No. 1 received “markedly inferior” conditions than McDowell when both were represented by Horizon Sports Management. There also were reports that Mcllroy “orchestrated” the timing of the lawsuit to coincide with G-Mac’s wedding, though McIlroy has vehemently denied those claims.
Talking to reporters at the unveiling of the Nike performance facility at Archerfield Links in Scotland, McIlroy was asked whether the lawsuit would disrupt team chemistry at Gleneagles.
“It won’t – that is complete nonsense,” McIlroy said, according to the Scotsman. “G-Mac knows what is going on. It hasn’t affected our relationship in any way.
“At times it’s awkward because he’s with someone (Horizon), but at the end of the day, we are the same two people we were. I would love to tee it up with G-Mac in the Ryder Cup and (European captain) Paul McGinley knows that.”
McIlroy and McDowell have been partners at the World Cup, Seve Trophy and Ryder Cup in both 2010 and ’12. McIlroy seems a lock for this year’s squad, while McDowell boosted his chances with a come-from-behind victory Sunday at the French Open.
As for the status of their relationship, McIlroy, who is playing in this week’s Scottish Open, said that he is still very close to McDowell.
“There’s obviously been a few things that have gone on that have strained the relationship, but I still talk to him regularly and catch up with him,” McIlroy said, according to the report. “He has stayed out of everything as much as he can and there’s no ill feeling toward him in any way from my side. He’s been one of my best friends on tour and showed me the ropes. I will always be grateful for what he’s done and for going out of his way to make me feel comfortable out here.”