ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) After the buzz of his multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal and a fight over the European Ryder Cup captain, Rory McIlroy is looking forward to actually playing some golf again.
The world's top-ranked golfer leads a star-studded field at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship that also includes Tiger Woods, No. 5 Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer.
McIlroy signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike this week and then led the charge to support Paul McGinley in his successful campaign to become Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014.
The two-time major winner said he is looking forward to getting his year off to a strong start Thursday at the National Course, where he has never won.