McIlroy: Focus is on Dubai, not next week's court case


Rory McIlroy is eager to move past the “tedious and nasty process” that will culminate with his day in court next week in Dublin. 

For nearly two years McIlroy has been embroiled in a court case against his former management team, Horizon Sports, which claims that he still owes millions in commission.

McIlroy will head directly from this week’s Dubai Desert Classic to the Irish capital, where he will go under oath and could appear for as many as six days. 

After the trial, the world No. 1 will return to South Florida. He is expected to make his 2015 PGA Tour debut at the Honda Classic, as he begins his run-up to the year’s first major – and his first opportunity to capture the career Grand Slam.

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“It’s not something that I would want anyone to go through,” he told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a very sort of tedious and nasty process. … Yeah, look, I’m going to be heading to the States regardless with it off my mind and not having to deal with it or think about it. That will be it.”

This is McIlroy’s second start of the season, following a second-place showing in Abu Dhabi 10 days ago. Though he is winless since the PGA Championship (a span of eight worldwide starts), he has four runner-up finishes and has yet to place outside the top 25. He vowed not to let the court case distract from his trip to Dubai, where six years ago he earned his maiden title on the European Tour.

“To be honest, I’ve been concentrating on this event and practicing and that stuff is much more important to me than what’s going to happen next week,” he told reporters. “After this tournament is over, I’ll have to do my homework (on the court case), but at the same time, I’m fully focused on this event and golf and trying to do the best I can this week.”