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Rory McIlroy won't endorse book in which he wrote foreword

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rory McIlroy is back in the news for non-golf reasons. (USATSI)
Rory McIlroy is back in the news for non-golf reasons. (USATSI)

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Rory McIlroy's off-the-course matters seemingly have the twists and turns you'd expect from some exotic novel or long-standing television series.

This isn't a made-for-tv drama, though. It would appear to be the real-life result of McIlroy switching management companies three times in as many years.

French-born publisher Claude Costecalde who lived near McIlroy's home club growing up in Holywood recently put together a "coffee table style" book of McIlroy that includes photos and information about the world No. 6 golfer.

McIlroy wrote the foreword (he wrote the foreword!) and some of his family helped piece together the photos but it is being reported that his mangament team (including Rory himself) will not endorse the book.

"While the hard-back coffee table style book includes a foreward from the golfer himself, and was produced with the assistance of members of his family, it is not officially endorsed by the McIlroy management team.

Incorporating many rare images from his childhood, the book has been produced in conjunction with members of the Holywood club and a proportion of the profits will be donated to their thriving programme for juvenile players."

So why in the world would Rory renege on his endorsement of the book?

"The problem is said to have arisen when Rory was shown the book in Shanghai and he realised that photos had been included which he had wanted to keep for his future publication."

It seems to me like McIlroy said "yes" to a lot of people during his meteoric rise to the top of the golf world not knowing that people might try and take advantage of him (that's why we love him, right, because he's innocent) and now he's going back and making some of those yes's into no's.

That's fine, it's his prerogative, but it's not necessarily a good look for the former world No. 1.

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