Top Golfer McIlroy Settles Legal Case; Terms Private

Rory McIlroy and his former agent settled a multi million dollar lawsuit in Dublin, leaving the world’s top golfer free to focus on completing the career Grand Slam by taking the Masters Tournament’s green jacket in April. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

All matters had been resolved, Paul Gallagher, a lawyer for McIlroy, said in court in Dublin on Wednesday, after a deal was hammered out the day after the civil trial was scheduled to start.

McIlroy, who was not in court today, sued Horizon Sports Management Ltd. to end what he called an “unconscionable” contract that cost him $6.8 million in fees. Horizon counter-sued for unpaid fees.

The case had been settled to the “satisfaction” of both sides, according to a joint statement handed to reporters in court. Conor Ridge, head of Horizon, embraced friends in court after the settlement was announced.

McIlroy, 25, had said he lacked legal advice, business experience and was too young when he signed the deal with Dublin-based Horizon on Dec. 21, 2011, according to court documents filed last year. He agreed to the contract under “circumstances of great informality” on the day of Horizon’s Christmas party, according to a filing. McIlroy started his own management group in 2013, the second change in two years for the Northern Irishman.

Horizon lawyer Paul Sreenan said at a hearing in December that $9 million in fees is still owed to the company.

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