McGinley: 'No concern' over McIlroy-McDowell pairing

RSS

While the relationship between Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell may be strained by ongoing litigation with the management company they once shared, European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley insists that he won't hesitate to put the two Ulstermen together during next week's matches at Gleneagles.

McIlroy is in the midst of a legal battle over his exit from Horizon Sports Management, which formerly represented both him and McDowell. McIlroy left Horizon in May 2013 to form his own company, while McDowell followed suit in Aug. 2014.

The case between McIlroy and Horizon is sensitive enough that a judge recently suggested the two sides enter mediation, but McGinley believes that the proceedings have been ongoing long enough to be a non-factor when he considers potential pairings.

"It's not a concern," McGinley told reporters in advance of this week's ISPS Handa Wales Open. "It has not affected their performance, and both of them have assured me it's not going to affect anything in the team room. I would be very surprised if they don't play together, although I'm not going to write it in stone."

McIlroy and McDowell have been frequent partners in the last two Ryder Cups, compiling a 2-3-1 record while pairing for three sessions at both Celtic Manor in 2010 and Medinah in 2012. McIlroy has paired with another player only once at the Ryder Cup, playing with Ian Poulter at Medinah, while McDowell paired with three other players - Poulter, Padraig Harrington and Miguel Angel Jimenez - during his Ryder Cup debut in 2008.

Both men are sitting out this week's European Tour event in Wales, while McGinley will be able to watch one-third of his team make final preparations: Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher will all tee it up this week at Celtic Manor, which hosted the Ryder Cup the last time it was staged in Europe.

It has not affected their performance and both of them have assured me it's not going to affect anything in the team room.

"I would be very surprised if they don't play together although I'm not going to write it in stone."

- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/ryder-cup/paul-mcginley-ive-no-conc...

It has not affected their performance and both of them have assured me it's not going to affect anything in the team room.

"I would be very surprised if they don't play together although I'm not going to write it in stone."

- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/ryder-cup/paul-mcginley-ive-no-conc...