McIlroy remains tight-lipped on his management
VIRGINIA WATER, England – Rory McIlroy has refused to shed any light on his alleged change of management companies. The Northern Irishman is remaining tight-lipped on claims that he is leaving Conor Ridge’s Horizon Sports Management Group to set up on his own.
News broke during the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria last week that the World No. 2 had split with Horizon. However, McIlroy wanted to talk about anything other than his management arrangements on the eve of the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship.
“I’m here to stay on point and talk about golf and everything else,” McIlroy said. “I really can’t comment on speculation at this point. Obviously you guys know something’s up. That’s fair enough, but at this point I can’t really say much more.”
Graeme McDowell made it plain last week in Bulgaria that McIlroy was moving on. However, McIlroy said he and his countryman are still on good terms despite the fact that he probably didn’t appreciate McDowell going public.
“I spoke to Graeme yesterday afternoon,” McIlroy said. “We got back to the hotel and we just had a chat. Everything’s good.”
Things had better be good. They play together in the first round along with Paul Lawrie. “There won’t be any pulling of clubs at the wrong time over the next few days or any stuff like that,” McIlroy said in a thinly veiled reference to the reputed gamesmanship recently between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.
McIlroy is going through his second change of management after leaving Andrew "Chubby" Chandler’s ISM group in 2011. He was open and upfront about that switch, but he has gone the opposite way this time around.
“I can’t really comment on it,” McIlroy said. “I don’t want to get myself in a position where I don’t want to be in. It is what it is, and the truth will come out one day. I guess you’ll just have to be patient.”
McIlroy made a cryptic comment to Sky Sports about the situation but refused to enlarge on what he meant. “If you join the circus, you have to be prepared to put up with the clowns,” he told the TV network.
His response? “I thought it was quite a good comment. Something someone very smart told me a couple of days ago.”
The response to that is that if you join the circus, then you have to be prepared to have clowns throw a few custard pies in your face.
The McIlroy mystery under the big top looks set to continue.