If Rory McIlroy is stressed about his upcoming court case that could cost him millions, he didn’t show it Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.
When asked about next month’s trial that pits the world No. 1 against his former management company, McIlroy told reporters (via the Telegraph), “I’ve literally not thought about it since whenever I last had to talk to someone about it. I haven’t talked about it. I just go with what the lawyers say and they tell me to just sit tight and not talk much about it and that’s it. It’s no big deal. I will be OK at the end of the day.”
McIlroy is due in a Dublin High Court two days after he finishes the Dubai Desert Classic (in two weeks). It’s possible that he could spend up to a week on the witness stand.
“I just have to get up there and tell the truth,” he said. “That’s all I need to do.”
After two stops in the desert, McIlroy intends to play three more events before he attempts to capture the career Grand Slam at Augusta. There is a strong possibility that McIlroy will opt to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time instead of the Shell Houston Open, where he has competed each the past two years (and four times since 2009). Houston is the final event before the Masters.
“I know what to anticipate leading up to Augusta,” he told reporters. “For me it’s about trying to treat it the same way I’ve done (before) and not put any more emphasis on it than there already is. …
“So it’s just about making sure I’m as well prepared as I possibly can be going into that event, and I feel like I’ve got a good routine and mental strategy going into majors now where I try not to let it too much affect me. I try not to look at too much stuff and really just go into my own little world for those weeks.”