Tuesday 24 October 2017

Conor Ridge is definitely one of the good guys, tweets Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry

IF the scale of the reported settlement is accurate, then Conor Ridge is unlikely ever to have to worry about money again . . . or for that matter, the support of one of Ireland's hottest golfers, Shane Lowry.

Responding to news of yesterday's deal to end Horizon's long-running legal feud with Rory McIlroy, a delighted Lowry (27), tweeted from San Diego: "Conor Ridge is definitely one of the good guys.

"I'm delighted they managed to come to an agreement," continued the Clara champion, a friend and former foursomes partner of McIlroy during their youth on the Irish amateur team.

"Sorry for the media though. Bummer," added Lowry, who today plays in his first tournament of 2015, the US Tour's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, to which Padraig Harrington also received a sponsor's invite.

Ridge was not prepared to discuss the future of his management company in the wake of yesterday's developments at the Four Courts.

He elected instead to go for refreshments with his legal team before taking some time to come to terms with the settlement after two intensely stressful years.

Whatever about the viability of the Horizon brand globally and their prospects of recruiting international stars in the wake of such a long-running legal wrangle with golf's No 1 player, Ridge and his staff, now slimmed-down to five, still boast a potential Major-winner in Lowry.

Now a member of golf's elite World Top-50, Lowry, who famously won the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur, makes his Masters debut at Augusta National in April but is universally viewed as a hot prospect to lift the Claret Jug one day.

Of course, solid English performer Ross Fisher also remains on the books at Horizon.

Prior to signing Graeme McDowell in 2007 and then McIlroy in 2011, the Dublin firm was seen as a natural conduit into professional golf for young Irish players. Might Ridge, his future now secure, be tempted to perform that role once again?

Karl MacGinty

Irish Independent

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