Rory McIlroy has voiced his frustration at being embroiled in legal disputes on both sides of the Atlantic, and believes they're hampering him when he's on the course.
The Northern Irishman has suffered a poor season following his triumphant 2012, when he won his second major championship as well as both the PGA Tour's and the European Tour's money list.
This week he returns to the scene of his last win, Dubai, where he birdied the final five holes to wrap up yet another victory, sealing his spot at the top of the tour's money list.
Speaking ahead of his defence of the DP Tour Championship, the two-time major winner was clearly annoyed by his legal affairs interfering with his game.
"I've seen more lawyers' offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life," he told the press.
"It's not something I want go through again, and I'm making sure that I won't go through it again."
The 24-year-old had a very-public split with his former managerial company, Horizon Sports, which is based in the Republic of Ireland. The disagreement centres on management fees, although the company is set to make a counter offer.
He is also embroiled in a disagreement with former sponsors Oakley.
His legal woes coincided with a noticeable loss of form, dropping from the pinnacle of golf to number six in the world during his winless streak.
"I don't think any athlete or person should have to go through this," he added.
"As a golfer, you want your mind as clear as possible, and it's hard for that to happen when you've got other things going on that firstly you don't want to happen, and secondly you don't feel should be happening.
"It has been a distraction."
Of late, he has enjoyed a mini-revival with his golf game, with good finishes at the Korean Open and the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
He also beat close friend and hero Tiger Woods in their exhibition match in China, and it is the 14-time major winner's advice that McIlroy is going to apply to his own life in future.
"Sometimes you have to say 'no' and put yourself first. I need to do this to maintain the level in my game," he concluded.
"It's something Tiger actually said to me last year. He said you have to remember how you got here in the first place, and you know Tiger, it's 'no' 99 per cent of the time for him."
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