Rory McIlroy says Irish Open host duties won't hinder his challenge

Rory McIlroy is confident that his off-course commitments at this week's Irish Open will not hinder his challenge at Royal County Down.

McIlroy's charitable foundation is the official tournament host and he is certain to have a busy week.

"There are a lot of obligations but that shouldn't get in the way of me going out there and playing good golf," McIlroy told BBC Sport.

The world number one's best Irish Open finish was a seventh spot in 2008.