number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy with Caleb Overton
offically opening the Daisy Lodge, Cancer fund for
children's therapeutic short break centre in
Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.
The facility, the first of its kind in the UK and
Ireland will provide every family affected by
childhood cancer in Northern Ireland with a free
therapeutic short break, McIlroy stated that Daisy
lodge is close to home and something that he feels
very strongly about, Cancer Fund for Children was an
early beneficiary of Rory's decision to start his
own charitable Foundation.
— Rory McIlroy said Monday that mediation in a lawsuit
with his former management company has failed, and he will
skip his next two tournaments in China because he needs
time to prepare for the trial.
will not play the BMW Masters, which starts Oct. 30 at
Lake Malaren, or the following week at the HSBC Champions.
Those are the opening two events in the final series of
the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. The HSBC Champions
is a World Golf Championship.
world's No. 1 player has been involved in an acrimonious
dispute with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. He
left Horizon in the spring of 2013, about six months after
signing a lucrative contract with Nike. Both groups have
sued each other, and McIlroy's attorneys have sought
evidence that Graeme McDowell was getting a better deal
from Horizon. A judge recommended mediation to keep
sensitive documents from going public.
going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare
for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports
Management," McIlroy said in a statement. "The
court-direction mediation process failed over the weekend
to resolve the issue."
is expected to begin in February.
has virtually locked up the Race to Dubai. He is not
expected to play until the DP World Tour in Dubai on Nov.
20-23. He also plans to defend his title in the Australian
Open, which would be his final tournament of the year.
won the British Open, a World Golf Championship and the
PGA Championship in consecutive starts, which enabled him
to win PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in
three seasons. He also won the Vardon Trophy and the PGA
Tour money title.
in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last week in Bermuda, a
36-hole exhibition among current major champions. McIlroy
finished a distant third.