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'No shred of evidence of McIlroy conspiracy', court hears


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

THERE is "not a shred of evidence" Rory McIlroy was involved in some conspiracy with others to plan his exit from his representation contract with his former sports management company, counsel for the golfer has told the High Court.

Michael Cush SC said such a claim by a lawyer for Horizon Sports Management and two other companies was "implausible".

Mr McIlroy (right) signed a third agreement with Horizon in March 2013 and later sought to repudiate the contract. The court is hearing an application by Horizon for inspection of mobile phones allegedly held Mr McIroy and others in advance of the full hearing.

Mr Cush said Horizon's application was "dressed up" as seeking inspection of phones when it was in fact an application for further and better discovery of documents previously dealt with by the High Court in July.

Horizon has claimed Mr McIlroy and others close to him deliberately wiped data which could be relevant to the case.

Mr McIlroy is suing Dublin-based Horizon, along with Gurteen Ltd, with a registered address in Malta, and Canovan Management Services, in Dublin, claiming the representation agreement is unenforceable. He claims he was just 22 at the time with no business experience.

The defendants deny the claims and have counter-claimed for revenues allegedly outstanding under the agreement estimated at US$9m.


Paul Sreenan SC, for the defendants, said that despite the existence of legal proceedings, Mr McIlroy, his father Gerry, Mr O'Flaherty and Mr Casey destroyed data on mobile phones by "factory resetting" them.

Yesterday, on the second day of the defendants' application Mr Cush said the application was "wholly misplaced". Mr McIlroy had done nothing wrong and Horizon's criticism of him was also misplaced. It was criticism "made against a backdrop of an allegation of conspiracy that he planned his exit from Horizon for which there is not a shred of evidence", counsel said.

The hearing continues.