Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Biting back: Another Rory McIlroy 'drama'

Rory McIlroy leads the Scottish Open by one stroke
Rory McIlroy leads the Scottish Open by one stroke

Another week, another perceived Rory McIlroy drama.

This time Northern Ireland's only two-time Major winner was forced to come out and ensure the world knew that, while his relationship with fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell had been “strained” by the lawsuit filed by the 25-year-old against McDowell's management company Horizon, the pair were still friends.

This is not a debate about whether we should believe the Holywood man — and, for the record, if he says the legal matter “hasn't affected” the pair's relationship then there is little reason not to believe him — but more a question of why we should care?

The idea that any lingering distaste from the episode will adversely affect Europe's chances in this year's Ryder Cup has little bearing, in fact.

George Best and Bobby Charlton, two thirds of Manchester United's Holy Trinity, only said hello when both were in a good mood while Lazio's first Scudetto winning team of the early 70s had two separate dressing rooms.

Similarly, Brian Moore and Will Carling had plenty of success for the England rugby team despite the schism created by the decision to make the latter captain.

The point being, failing personal relationships are no precursor to sporting failure.

This time next week we will be engrossed by the Open Championship, and maybe then we can stop worrying about who is getting invited round to whose house for dinner.

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