Rory McIlroy has sought to resolve his problem with Graeme McDowell after the world No2 became irritated at his fellow Northern Irishman for speaking out publicly about issues with the pair's management company.
McIlroy is on the verge of splitting from Horizon, the Dublin-based management firm he has been signed to since leaving International Sports Management in October 2011. McIlroy has refused to admit as much in public but McDowell, who remains a Horizon client, told reporters of the imminent break-up during last weekend's World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.
"I spoke to Graeme on Tuesday afternoon," McIlroy said. "We got back to the hotel and had a good chat. Everything is good. I am great friends with Graeme. He has been like a big brother to me on tour. I remember playing practice rounds with him at the Dunhill Links, for example, back in 2007, when I got my card. He really showed me the ropes out here for a couple of years; it's great to have friends on tour and he is obviously somebody that I consider a very good friend."
When pressed on what seemed a visible strain between the pair at the start of this week, McIlroy added: "It is what it is and it's water under the bridge, and away we go."
Contractual issues between McIlroy and Horizon mean the golfer is unwilling and unable to elaborate on the reasons behind their parting of the ways, which has been rumoured since the Masters in April.
McIlroy is expected to control more of his own affairs in conjunction with one former Horizon employee and a lawyer. During his time with the company he won one of his two majors and earned a lucrative equipment deal with Nike.
"I can't really comment on it," McIlroy added. "I don't want to get myself in a position I don't want to be in. The truth will all come out one day and I guess you'll just have to be patient. I can't comment on speculation at this point. You guys [the media] know that something is up, that's fair enough, but at this point I can't really say much more."
Earlier, McIlroy had bizarrely claimed in a television interview: "If you want to be in the circus, you have to put up with the clowns."
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