Ory McIlroy says he has no plans for a reconciliation with the LIV Golf rebels on the eve of the start of his 2023 season.
One of the rebels, Patrick Reed, reportedly threw a tee at McIlroy on Tuesday when the Northern Irishman failed to recognize the American during practice.
Of the altercation, McIlroy said: “Patrick came over to say hello and I didn’t really want him.”
Of the tee shot, he added: “Apparently that’s what happened. And if the tables were turned and I threw that t-shirt at him, I’d be waiting for him [to file] a trial “.
The 33-year-old said Reed’s lawyers served him with a subpoena on Christmas Eve, but did not give further details.
“Of course trying to have a good time with my family and have someone show up at your door and deliver it to you, you’re not going to take it well,” he said. “Again, I live in reality, I don’t know where he lives. If I were her, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.
When asked if he had any plans for any form of reconciliation with the LIV rebels, particularly his former Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, McIlroy replied bluntly, “no”.
McIlroy has been one of the most outspoken players on the schism in golf and said his Christmas break was much needed, and he was looking forward to the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.
“It’s been nice trying to shake off some time and trying to distance myself from the game of golf,” he said, noting that it gave him a chance to “reload and reset and try to start 2023 with renewed optimism”.