Lawyers for Rory McIlroy have this morning issued High Court proceedings against Rory McIlroy in a bid to have his management contract with himself declared void.

It is rumoured that McIlroy is keen to leave himself and join the fledgling golf management company "Sound Man Like" set up yesterday by best mate Niall Horan of One Direction.

Rory McIlroy and Rory McIlroy arriving at the High Court today.
The dispute is expected to centre around McIlroy's claims that he was not fully aware of what he was signing, when he hastily handed himself a management contract to sign on Christmas eve last, stating he was to give himself 100% of everything he earned over the next ten years.

Mr Justice Brian Cragan addressed Rory McIlroy on both sides of the High Court in Dublin, pausing briefly to allow the Holywood star to shuffle across the courtroom half way through.

The case is expected to last 12 weeks and could impact McIlroy's preparation for the 2016 US Masters should he be required to appear for the prosecution or defence in the days running up to the tournament.  Both sides are in discussions to avoid such an eventuality though no agreement has been reached as yet.

For his part SML boss Niall Horan said he has not been approached by McIlroy or any of his representatives regarding managing the World number two. "Jayz Christ like no. Wha? Didn't hear a damn thing. Jayz. No. Hon Mullingar," said Horan.

More as it emerges.

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