Rory McIlroy and Horizon Sports Management Reach Settlement to End Court Battle

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2015

Rory McIlroy arrives at Dublin high court, Ireland, Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015.  The four-time major winner initiated the multi-million dollar case against his former management company claiming he was misled into signing a contract with the company. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Rory McIlroy and his former management group, Horizon Sports Management, have reached a settlement to end their well-publicised court case.

McIlroy sued the company for "a multi-million euros dispute over fees," according to BBC News. He alleged that his best interests weren't being looked after in an "unconscionable" agreement, as reported by Ewan Murray of The Guardian.

Horizon counter-sued, "saying that McIlroy failed to pay a huge amount in commission," per Toby Keel of Eurosport. The period under dispute coincided with McIlroy signing a $100 million contract with Nike, as noted by the BBC.

As reported by Sky's David Blevins, the two parties have formed an agreement:

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BREAKING: @McIlroyRory and @HorizonSportsMg settle differences, sparing the world number one from cross-examination in Dublin's High Court.

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STATEMENT 1/2: "The legal dispute between Rory McIlroy and Horizon Sports Management has been settled to the satisfaction of both parties...

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STATEMENT 2/2: ...who wish each other well for the future. The parties will be making no further comment." http://t.co/sYeYTd7jaq

David Brown of The Times added further detail:

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Sports agent Conor Ridge hugging and shaking hands with supports outside courtroom after #RoryMcIlroy agrees settlement over contract.

BBC Sport noted the potential fees involved:

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More on Rory McIlroy settling a dispute with his former agent for a believed £15m plus costs http://t.co/kP1MtfhWWw http://t.co/RqxtuADzw1

Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times noted how "typically relaxed" McIlroy looked during his appearance in court on Tuesday. Clerkin noted the Northern Irishman even quipped "What a disappointment" as he walked by the press box in a nod toward the lack of drama on show for headline writers.

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Keel highlighted that McIlroy was in court for "just 42 seconds" during Tuesday's exchanges. BBC reporter Mark Simpson noted there was "no sign" of the golfer on Wednesday, perhaps underlining the formalities of the occasion.

McIlroy certainly didn't let the pressure get to him during the recent Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He eased to a three-shot victory to claim his first title of the year and will now look to strengthen his position with a memorable performance in February's Honda Classic tournament.

McIlroy has won four and finished second three times in his last seven outings, per BBC, so he has the confidence in a morale-boosting start to the season.


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