Rory McIlroy has been a little too up-close and personal with lawyers in the last 12 months.
The defending champion of the DP World Tour Championship said on Tuesday in Dubai that he’s not interested in being embroiled in the kind of legal messes that have weighed down his 2013.
“I’ve seen more lawyers offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life,” said McIlroy in Dubai. “It’s not something I ever want to go through again, and I’m making sure that I won’t go through it again.”
McIlroy is facing two lawsuits at the moment, including from former apparel sponsor Oakley over his move to Nike Golf at the end of 2012, as well from now-former agent Conor Ridge and Horizon Sports Management, who is claiming McIlroy breached their representation contract when he split off from the Dublin-based agency this Spring to form Rory McIlroy Inc. McIlroy has countersued Ridge in an Irish court.
The former world No. 1 is winless in 2013, though he has been showing improved form of late with a T-2 at the Kolon Korea Open and a top-1o effort at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
The lawsuits, as well the constant rumored demise of his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki and sleuthing over the source of his struggles, have been a distraction.
“As a golfer, you want your mind as clear as possible, and it’s hard for that to happen when you’ve got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don’t want to happen, and secondly you don’t feel should be happening,” McIlroy said. “It has been a distraction and I haven’t had to deal with it as much as some of the guys around me.”