Golfer Rory McIlroy left his sports management company with an acrimonious lawsuit and now golfer Graeme McDowell has left, albeit on better terms. Horizon Sports Management will hardly be happy with the developments, however.
McIlroy left the company in April 2013 to set up his own company Rory McIlroy Inc.He launched legal proceedings against Horizon in the Commercial Court last September, ironically on the eve of McDowell’s wedding.
Lawyers for Horizon would allege in court the timing was deliberate but McIlroy’s representatives said it was coincidental.McIlroy’s lawyers stated was also unaware, either when discussing the representation agreement with Conor Ridge in October 2011 or signing it, that McDowell had a shareholding in Horizon.
The development emerged last night after McDowell completed his final round at The Barclays in New Jersey.In a statement issued jointly by the 35-year-old Portrush man and Horizon, it was announced “that Graeme will embark on managing his own commercial interests at the conclusion of his current management contract at the end of the 2014 season”.McDowell said: “When I joined Horizon in November 2007, I was ranked outside the top 100 players in the world, and was seeking a new and energetic management team to help me achieve my career ambitions both on and off the golf course.