World number one Rory McIlroy / Stephen Hindley, AP
End of season spats involving Rory McIlroy and also Tiger Woods.
Rory is being sued by Oakley, for breach of contract, according to a law suit filed last week in Federal Court at Santa Ana California. Oakley had tried to use it’s ” Right of first refusal” to counter the reportedly $200 Million offer from Nike. Apparently Rory and his agent Conor Ridge decided to ignore the counter offer, thereby breaching the Oakley-McIlroy contract. Oakley were upset that a new $300,00 advertising campaign which Rory was to have endorsed for 2013, has been wasted.
Rory’;s management company Horizon Sports Management have stated that;
“McIlroy has fulfilled all of his obligations to Oakley, and the claims in the lawsuit are entirely baseless.”
I have to admit that I would be upset at having wasted that kind of money on a new campaign, but I am sure a lawsuit is going to cost a lot more, they must be feeling pretty confident. I have just purchased a set of Oakley sunglasses for golf, etched on the lens is Dragon Golf, a small advert for my company, wonder if Rory will still be wearing Oakley sunny’s.
Tiger Woods / getty
The spat involving Tiger Woods is a little more baffling, especially as Tiger himself has not been involved personally, although he has been personally vilified. The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course, that has been the host of recent Australian PGA Championship events has verbally put down Tiger. His rant is recorded thus;
“Tiger Woods isn’t the No. 1 golfer in the world anymore, we don’t want to look backwards; we want to look forwards. So why would we get Tiger Woods here? I would prefer to have this year’s winner Peter Senior, than Tiger Woods. I am sure Peter Senior could beat Tiger Woods on a good day. I am sure he could. Tiger Woods has improved a lot, but he’s an emotional wreck, and he’s not a good example for kids, anyway.”
He may be a billionaire, but with that kind of thinking it is easy to see why The Australian PGA are proposing to move their tournament to another course, after the new negotiations for next years tournament broke down. Actually I always thought the Coolum Resort was owned by Arnold Palmer, bet most people would have preferred Arnie to run the place.
Palmer himself reckons that the Aussie PGA will go back to the Coolum Resort, citing he has lined up Rory to play in next years event;
” If you rang him now, he would probably tell you unless it’s at Palmer Coolum Resort, I won’t come. We can be sure he won’t come if it goes somewhere else. If it stays here, there is a chance he might come here. We had Darren Clarke and Bubba Watson.”
I hope Rory has not signed anything yet, last thing he needs would be another lawsuit dropping on his doorstep if he decided not to travel to Australia. Of course Tiger Woods has never entered the Australian PGA Championship, and probably never will.