Rory McIlroy:    ‘I’m going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rory McIlroy has put the golf clubs away - at least competitively - for the coming month to focus on his legal battle with former agents Horizon Spor(...)

Golfer Rory McIlroy watches the Leinster vs Wasps game yesterday. No agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between the golfer and a sports management company despite mediation talks. Photograph:Morgan Treacy/INPHO

No agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between golfer Rory McIlroy and a sports management company despite mediation talks, the Commercial(...)

 Martin Kaymer  shakes hands with Bubba Watson  after the German golfer  won the first play-off hole to take the  PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course  in Southampton, Bermuda. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Germany’s Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a sudden-death play-off to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda on Wednesday.Kaymer, who held a (...)

Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his tee shot on the par-3 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course  in Southampton, Bermuda. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

US Open champion Martin Kaymer held a two-shot lead over Bubba Watson after carding an impressive 65 on day one of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermu(...)

Graeme McDowell  in action during the pro-am for the Volvo World Matchplay at The London Club  in Ash, England. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Title holder Graeme McDowell is a man on a mission this week – to restore much-needed lustre to the World Matchplay Championship at the London Club. T(...)

Mediation talks between golfer Rory McIlroy and his former sports management agency over a disputed fees agreement will take place this week, the Commercial Court heard today. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Mediation talks between golfer Rory McIlroy and his former sports management agency over a disputed fees agreement will take place this week, the Comm(...)

Rory McIlroy with Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children’s chief executive,  Caleb Overton (10) and Amy Uprichard (right) at the launch of Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, Co. Down. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The extent of Rory McIlroy’s youth is often lost in the analysis of his success. At Augusta National next April, the world’s No1 golfer will attempt (...)

Kathleen Chada is supported by family and friends as they leave Dublin Central Criminal Court yesterday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The mother of two young boys killed by their father last year has asked how “can evil such as this have been hidden for so long” in a man who appeare(...)

Rory McIlroy  plays his second shot to the 15th hole during the final round of the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland last weekend. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy spoke today about how he was “blown away” by the spirit and courage of children, and their families, who have been coping with cancer.The(...)

 Rory McIlroy sits on the 17th tee as he waits to play his shot during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Maybe, it would seem, the gerrymandering that goes on with the PGA Tour’s end-of-season playoffs for the FedEx Cup is the right way; at least in te(...)