5 Feb 2015

McIlroy settles legal case

3:43 pm on 5 February 2015

The world golf number one Rory McIlroy has settled his legal dispute with his former management company, avoiding a potential eight weeks in court.

Rory McIlroy playing for Europe in Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy playing for Europe in Ryder Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The world's media had descended on the Irish High Court on in Dublin in anticipation of seeing the four-times major winner take the stand in a case that he took time away from the golf course to prepare for last year.

But McIlroy wasn't present when his lawyer returned, following a number of deferrals a day earlier, to say the matter had been resolved.

McIlroy was suing his former team over the "unconscionable" contract he signed with them, while Horizon Sports Management counter-sued on the grounds that he owed them millions of dollars in commission on contracts up to 2017.

British media reported that McIlroy settled the dispute for the best part of $30 million plus costs.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon in September 2013 to form his own company.

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