Rory McIlroy, Nike Sponsored golfer and former world number 1 is taking his previous management team Horizon Sports to Court after a dispute over payment.
Horizon Sports have quoted McIlroy a fee believed to be in the region of £6.4m over an 18 month period but the Northern Irish sports star claims these fees are excessive. Horizon Sports believe they have achieved ‘exceptional results’ for the golfer who has now become a Nike ambassador and will ear in excess of £100m in a deal he signed in January of 2013. McIlroy himself is seeking termination of the contract and he is facing a counter claim by the management company.
This court date is just another tribulation in the awful year the player has had in 2013. After signing his contract with Nike, his form dropped dramatically, and it saw the player who is still ranked at number six in the world, fail to make the end of season Fed EX Cup tournament, notorious for showcasing only the best players of the year at one tournament.
Aligned to this, it was announced only this morning in the Irish press that he has broken up with long term girlfriend and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki citing differences in current career path as a reason.
Horizon Sports management represent many professional golfers, including Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke and are a leading management company across the world. Their headquarters are in Dublin.