Surely this is welcome news to captain Paul McGinley:
Earlier this week Graeme McDowell denied once again that there was any rift between him and former stablemate Rory McIlroy, adding that he looks forward to joining forces again at next year’s Ryder Cup.
When asked by the Irish Independent whether McGinley had any reason for concern between the two Northern Irishmen, G-Mac replied, “No. There’s not a problem there. I’d love to renew my partnership at Gleneagles with Rory, for sure. A big goal for me in 2014 is to be on that team, and I expect Rory McIlroy will be on that team.
“Would I like to be teeing off with him on Friday morning in the foursomes? Absolutely. I don’t think Captain McGinley needs to worry about that relationship.”
That relationship, though, has been the topic of much speculation in the British papers, from the fallout from the management-team split to McIlroy skipping G-Mac’s nuptuals in the Bahamas. They have teamed up to go 2-3-1 in the last two Ryder Cups.
“Of course we’re still friends,” McDowell told the paper. “I’m inadvertently stuck in the middle of a legal matter. I’m very close to both parties and, of course, there’s going to be speculation about how that’s going to affect both relationships, which is a tough scenario.
“It’s tough for everyone, but Rory and I will always remain competitors, colleagues, peers and friends. I care a lot about what he does. I care a lot about how good he is and that will never change.”