AUGUSTA, Ga. – Win or lose on Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has a busy week ahead. He is set to play in the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, and his agent, Chubby Chandler, says his 21-year-old prodigy will be there.
Should he win and celebrate in Georgia into the wee hours Monday, when would McIlroy show up in Asia?
Said Chandler, a smile creasing his face, “As long as he has a (green) jacket on, they don’t care when he gets there.”
Chandler made note that another one of his clients at International Sports Management, Louis Oosthuizen, made it to Sweden the week after winning the Open Championship at St. Andrews last summer, “and he went for nothing. Rory’s not going for nothing.” The reference was to appearance fees allowed on the European Tour.
As for McIlroy, his parents aren’t with him this week in Augusta, but he has some buddies from home alongside who will help him keep his mind free of taking a four-shot lead into the Masters on Sunday. He plans to sleep in Sunday and take in the Ulster-Northampton Heineken Cup quarterfinal rugby match that will be aired midmorning. He’ll tee off in the final round along with two-time major winner Angel Cabrera at 2:40 p.m. EST.
McIlroy’s main off-course activity this week has been throwing around an American football purchased earlier in the week with his buddies, but after a woman in the neighborhood asked the lads to vacate the cul-de-sac, McIlroy says he’s moved his came of catch indoors.
“We’ve been throwing it about the house,” he said, “trying not to break any lamps and trying not to disturb the lady next door.”