Rory McIlroy's ongoing legal dispute with his former management company appears headed for court, and the current world No. 1 will be skipping two events as a result.
McIlroy announced Monday that he will skip both the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions to prepare for the upcoming trial.
"I'm going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management," McIlroy said, via the Irish Independent. "The court-directed mediation process failed over the weekend to resolve the issue."
McIlroy filed suit against his former management firm in 2013. Per the Independent: "McIlroy claims a representation agreement signed by him in December 2011 is invalid and unenforceable on grounds including alleged undue influence. The agreement, he alleges, was signed when he was aged just 22, inexperienced and without the benefit of independent legal advice."
McIlroy has also reportedly claimed that Graeme McDowell, previously represented by Horizon himself, received preferential treatment while they were both under contract. McDowell has since announced his intent to leave Horizon and start his own firm.
In response to McIlroy's suit, Horizon has countersued for breach of contract and is seeking, according to Irish outlet RTE, more than "€2m they claim is outstanding under the agreement."