Rory McIlroy And Graeme McDowell Present United Front For The Upcoming Ryder Cup

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May 4, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.
May 4, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Reuters

Despite their legal struggles, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell have gone the extra mile to present a united font as the Ryder Cup approaches.

Northern Irishman, McIlroy is in the middle of a legal battle against his former management company, Horizon Sports that allegedly offered his Ryder Cup teammate, McDowell a more favourable contract terms, although he was promised to receive the same deal.

Despite the questions about the exact state of their relationship that abound after McIlroy's lawyer demanded details of McDowell's contracts with Horizon Sports Management, the two professional golfers remained friendly to each other.

It appears that the bitter court feud didn't affect the relationship of the two as McIlroy assured that McDowell remains to be a good friend and just an unwitting victim caught in the middle. On the other hand, McDowell took to the Internet and used his BBC Sport column to address the issue and insisted that the legal tensions of the last 18 months have brought them closer together.

"Yes, it has been a rough time over the last couple of years on the business side of things for both me and Rory because he has been involved in a lawsuit with my management company."

"And it certainly has put a stress on our relationship, but we have put those things behind us this year. If anything, our friendship has been strengthened by what we have experienced."

McDowell further said that he will be delighted to resume his partnership with this fellow European at Gleneagles. He is excited to be paired with the world no. 1 McIlroy especially that he has been playing his best game since last summer.

Meanwhile, although there were speculations that the 35-year-old McDowell might partner with the French rookie Victor Dubuisson, McDowell ascertained that he is ready to play whoever his captain chooses to play with him, which includes his partner during the last two Ryder Cups - Rory McIlroy.