We here at entertainment Towers have heard, as yet unconfirmed reports, that Rory McIlroy is set to part company with his management team, Dublin based Horizon Management, after only 18 months. If confirmed it would add to an already rocky few months for the Co.Down man.
Last September, McIlroy was minutes away from missing a tee time at the final day of the Ryder Cup. Only a lift from the "boys in blue" at high speed got him to the course in time and save him from sporting infamy.
This year his early season form was poor after a highly publicised and not to mention highly profitable(said to be worth 100 million dollars) club and clothing switch to Nike. The move garnered criticism from certain quarters with golfing great, Nick Faldo, suggesting that the move was motivated by money. Really Nick?
In March, McIlroy defended his Honda Classic title only to walk off the course in the middle of his second round and withdraw from the tournament citing "wisdom tooth" pain. When questioned by the media afterwards he said;
"I can't really say much, guys. I'm just in a bad place mentally."
It should be pointed out that Rory's form has picked up of late, with Top 10 finishes in 3 of his last 4 starts netting him prize money of 1.3 million dollars in total earnings this year alone. It's also worth noting that during his time with Horizon Management, he's become the third-highest earner among active golfers, behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
If the rumours are confirmed and there has been a parting of the ways, we may never know the real reasons behind it. Suffice to say that whoever seals the deal to represent the former world number 1, is sure to cash in on the money making machine that is Rory McIlroy.
Horizon Management were contacted but made no comment to us on the matter.