After being one of the most vocal critics of the new LIV Golf professional circuit, Rory McIlroy felt mentally drained and put his clubs away for a few weeks.
But he’s now back and looking more spirited than ever. He demonstrated this on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Dubai Desert Classic by refusing to exchange a few words with Patrick Reed, one of the dissidents who joined the Saudi-backed circuit in 2022.
“Patrick came to say hello [alors que j’étais au champ de pratique] and I didn’t really want him to do it, ”said the one who occupies the first rank of the world hierarchy.
McIlroy then had to answer the insistent questions of the journalists, who wanted to know if Reed had indeed launched a gaminet in his direction. The four-time major tournament winner deftly avoided the subject, insisting he hadn’t seen or felt anything yet.
“Apparently that’s what happened,” said the 33-year-old Northern Irishman. If the tables had been turned, however, I would then have expected him to file a complaint. »
It was obviously a joke, but McIlroy nevertheless clarified that he had received a subpoena from Reed’s lawyers on Christmas Eve. He gave no further details, except that the American filed a defamation lawsuit last month.
Clearly, McIlroy has absolutely no heart for reconciliation this week in Dubai.