Through it all, the compact Irishman chatted amicably, dismissing the storm as ambient noise as he tackled the task at hand.
It seemed fitting.
McIlroy, who lost his No. 1 world ranking to Tiger Woods just two weeks ago, is in San Antonio to continue to hone his mercurial game as he eyes winning a third major championship next week at the Masters. He does so even as distractions and headlines have followed him, on and off the course, this year.