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Rory McIlroy: I don't really think about possibility of losing £10m in court

By Kevin Garside

Rory McIlroy has said he is not troubled by the prospect that he could lose £10m if he is defeated in court.

And he insisted the looming court battle with his former management company will not derail a Masters challenge that could see him join the game's greats in April.

McIlroy, who kicks off his year at the HSBC Champions in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, will appear in a Dublin court next month, the prime mover in a multi-million Euro dispute with Horizon in a case due to begin on 3 February.

But the Co Down World No.1 - who earned £7m in prize-money last year in addition to the £20m he banked in endorsements - is past worrying about the economic consequences of losing.

"I just have to get up and tell the truth," McIlroy said yesterday.

McIlroy, who signed two contracts with Horizon after leaving Chubby Chandler's ISM organisation in 2011, alleged he was coaxed into signing an "unconscionable contract" stipulating "excessive commissions". Horizon denies this and is counter-suing for unpaid commissions and fees.

"I've literally not thought about it since whenever I last had to talk to someone about it," McIlroy said.

"I just go with the lawyers and they tell me to just sit tight and not talk much about it. Why would it [distract me]? It's no big deal."

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