Rory McIlroy said Tuesday that he’s “annoyed” that the court case with his former management company has dragged on, but he vowed not to let it affect him either this week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai or in the early part of 2015.
McIlroy skipped the first three events of the European Tour’s Final Series to focus on his ongoing legal battle. The trial is set for February.
“It’s been OK,” he told reporters in Dubai of his preparation for this week’s season finale. “The last week or so, I really put my head down and focused on my golf and everything like that. I’ve actually felt like I’ve had a really good little bit of preparation coming into this event. Hopefully, I’ve done enough work to be ready for Thursday.”
McIlroy has played just once since the Ryder Cup, a tie for second at the Dunhill Links in October. Still, the world No. 1 has already wrapped up the season-long Race to Dubai title, after a season in which he won two majors, a World Golf Championship event and Europe’s flagship tournament (BMW PGA). Entering this week, he has seven top-10s (including three wins) in his last eight worldwide starts.
There was some concern that his upcoming court case would affect his early-season schedule – especially with the Masters, and the chance to capture the career Grand Slam, on the horizon – but McIlroy allayed those fears Tuesday. He will play next week’s Austrlian Open before taking another seven weeks off and kicking off his 2015 season in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s not the best thing to be going through, but at the end of the day, it will be over and done with a good bit before I have to go down Magnolia Lane in April and that’s fine by me,” he told reporters. “As long as I’ve got a clear head going there, I’m happy with that … ”
“It’ll not impact playing in Dubai. It won’t impact my early schedule. I’ll be able to play all the events I usually play.”