A dinner with tennis great Roger Federer in Brazil laid the groundwork for Rory McIlroy to reach the conclusion that he wants to be the master of his own destiny. He got some advice from Federer about how to manage his affairs on and off the big sports stage, and as a result McIlroy is leaving his second sports management group and will be setting out on his own.
McIlroy is leaving Horizon Sports Management, who signed him away from Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management in 2011. He had been with ISM since he turned pro in 2007.
The Irish Independent first reported this story and rumors had been flying about at last week’s Players Championship, although McIlroy persistently denied the reports. McIlroy is said to be forming his own company, made up of friends and family members, and to include at least one current member of Horizon, not Conor Ridge, who founded the company.
Ridge and Horizon negotiated several deals for McIlroy, including the Nike equipment contract, said to be for as much as $20 million a year for six years.