SAN FRANCISCO – Rory McIlroy’s Saturday schedule just got much more crowded.
After rallying from 2 down with two holes to play to beat Billy Horschel on Friday and secure a spot in the Sweet 16, the world No. 1 was asked if he still plans to attend Saturday’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
“Get to the afternoon [round] and try and win that match. Bring a change of clothes here, try and avoid you guys (the media), go straight to the airport,” he smiled. “Honestly I haven't thought that far ahead. I've just been trying to take it one match at a time.”
McIlroy – who said the Match Play would take priority over the fight – is in the final group in Round 4, teeing off against Hideki Matsuyama at 11:14 a.m. (PT).
If he wins and advances to the quarterfinals, scheduled to begin between 2:50 and 3:35 p.m., he likely wouldn’t finish until after 6 p.m. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is scheduled to begin around 8:30 p.m. (PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
If he can’t make it to the fight in time, McIlroy said he has a Plan B. “I'll probably try and sell my tickets and watch it on a big screen here somewhere,” he said.