McIlroy settles row with former sponsor

A legal dispute between Rory McIlroy and former sponsor Oakley has been settled.

The former world number one golfer and the US sportswear brand had been engaged in a legal wrangle since the start of the year after McIlroy decided to switch sponsorship to Nike.

Oakley had claimed it had the right to match any improved agreement with another company.

While no details of the settlement were released, the two sides issued a joint statement confirming the issue had been resolved.

“I always had an excellent working relationship with Oakley’s representatives and I am delighted the case is now behind me,” said the golfer.

Pat McIlvain, vice president of Oakley Sports Marketing, said: “We are very pleased the proceedings against Rory have been resolved. We enjoyed an excellent relationship with Rory as an Oakley brand ambassador. “He conducted all his engagements on our behalf with energy and professionalism. We recognise that, in his business dealings with us that were the subject matter of this dispute, Rory was represented by his agent.”

Earlier this month, McIlroy had said his legal worries had weighed on him during what has been a disappointing season.

“I’ve seen more lawyers’ offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life,” he said. “It’s not something I ever want to go through again, and I’m making sure that I won’t go through it again.”

In September he terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to form his own management company.

That acrimonious split has also reached the courts.


Helen O’Callaghan on the dangers of products high in caffeine.The dangers of energy drinks full of sugar

When bride-to-be Alma Clohessy enlisted her mother Rita’s help in planning her wedding, they made the most of every precious moment together.Wedding of the Week: 'It was the best, yet most emotional day of my life'

As you may be aware, new rules around motor insurance documentation have been introduced. The rules are aimed at improving transparency for consumers but a broker is warning they may have unintended consequences and could cause some confusion among policy holders.Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

When Peter Ryan lost 90% of his vision in his early 20s, his readjustment was emotionally painful, but maturing, says Helen O’CallaghanA new way of seeing the world: Peter Ryan talks about losing 90% of his sight in his early 20s

More From The Irish Examiner