McIlroy-Horizon battle promises plenty of courtroom drama

It wasn't in the grand setting of James Gandon's Four Courts but in a tiny third floor room nearby that the latest chapter in the Rory McIlroy v Horizon Sports Management drama played out to a handful of court scribes and a quarrel of lawyers.

McIlroy-Horizon battle promises plenty of courtroom drama

McIlroy and Oakley resolve dispute but questions remain unanswered

Rory McIlroy and Oakley say they have resolved their dispute “amicably” but it remains to be seen if Nike are out of the woods or whether the golfer’s former agent will be left in peace to concentrate on the legal battle with the former world No 1 in Dublin’s Commercial Court.

Nicklaus on Rory's step back from pressure: "You just don't get it back that fast"

Jack Nickaus spoke about Rory McIlroy at WImbledon yesterday. Nick Faldo puts Rory McIlroy’s recent struggles down to his inabilty to adjust to his new Nike equipment but Jack Nicklaus believes it’s more mental than technical and reckons the Holywood star simply took a step back from the massive pressure and demands that come with becoming a two-time major winner at the age of 23.

McIlroy continues driver search - recognises mistakes

Rory McIlroy will meet with Nike technicians to find a new driver this Thusday. The Open begins in 17 days. Picture: Fran Caffrey / www.golffile.ieHindsight is a wonderful thing but Rory McIlroy insists he will learn from the mistakes he’s made this year and use the 17 days he has to get ready for The Open to find the perfect driver for Muirfield.

Faldo on Rory - "A monkey can sell you for tens of millions"

Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy at a Faldo Series presentationNick Faldo is in his element under the big oak tree at Augusta National.

“He loves all this,” purred the lady who handles his PR. Expensively shod in a pair of $500 Tod’s sneakers, the 55-year old paws the hallowed turf as he contemplates questions about the best known product of his Faldo Junior Series, Rory McIlroy, and the move to Nike he’s dubbed “dangerous” - and unnecessary.

Rory McIlroy talks

Rory McIlroy in full flow in Miami on Wednesday. Picture: Fran Caffrey / www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy gave a full and pretty frank press conference ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral and addressed his problems with his swing, what really went wrong at the Honda Classic, the robust health of his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki and those FTB tweets with Ronan Keating.

Stockton on Rory: “With his touch he will have more problems with the driver"

Dave Stockton has no worries about Rory McIlroy and the Nike putter (above) but fears it may take him longer to get used to his new Nike driver. Picture Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieDave Stockton has no concerns about Rory McIlroy’s struggles with his new Nike putter but admits the world No 1 may take longer to find his touch with his new driver.

McIlroy blames "the indian" not the arrows for desert flop

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 17th. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieOn the face of it, HSBC might not have been too thrilled to pay millions in appearance money to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy and then watch them miss the cut in spectacular fashion.

McIlroy struggles to 75 with new sticks

Rory McIlroy looks on anxiously as his ball sails well left in the opening round in Abu Dhabi. Picture Stuart Adams www.golftourimages.comRory McIlroy’s first competitive round as a Nike golfer turned out to be a bitter disapppointment for the marketing men as he struggled off the tee and on the greens and opened with a three over 75 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy breaks another lance for McGinley at Nike launch

Rory McIlroy makes his entrance as a Nike Golf staff player in Abu Dhabi on MondayRory McIlroy’s eagerly awaited announcement as a Nike Golf player ended with him making another impassioned plea for Paul McGinley to get the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2014.

Where will McIlroy be in 2018?

Hello world. Rory McIlroy turns pro with Jumeirah as his corporate sponsor, on 19 September 2007.Rory McIlroy is now so big that even his ex-sponsors issue press releases when he leaves them. The precedent was set by Acushnet late last year when it was announced that he would not be continuing his relationship with Titleist/Footjoy. Today, his first big corporate sponsor, Jumeirah Group, announced that they had “jointly agreed” to end their five-year relationship on December 31.

How Nike might tool up Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy plays his last official round with Titleist clubs in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on 25 November 2012. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieFormer World Clubmaker of the Year Derek Murray has penned a fascinating insight into what he believes Rory McIlroy will have in the bag when he makes what is believed to be a $250m move to Nike Golf in 2013.

The Foregolf owner predicts a “very smooth” transition but wonders how Nike will cater to McIlroy’s needs in what is likely to be a head-to-toe, through-the-bag deal.