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Wedding Drama

Eyebrows raised and tongues wagged this week when Rory McIlroy didn’t attend fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell’s wedding in the Bahamas this past weekend to interior designer Kristin Stape. The official reason is that the talented but struggling lad had to do a Nike photo shoot, but no doubt the real reason had to do with the fact that there were agents from Horizon Sports Management in attendance and it would have been just too uncomfortable for all concerned given the intimate size of the wedding (just about 30 people). After just two years of a five-year contract, McIlroy spilt with Horizon recently to set up his own company to handle his affairs and has begun a legal battle so he doesn’t have to pay Horizon any more than the $6.6 million they have already earned in commission off him. It was McDowell who brought McIlroy into the Horizon fold in October 2011 from Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management, which had its own share of melodrama. McIlroy and McDowell had a brief falling out in May when McDowell spoke publicly about McIlroy’s issues with Horizon. Chances are McDowell isn’t too concerned with it all as he enjoys his honeymoon before returning to tournament play at the end of the month in Shanghai. “Kristin and I had an amazing weekend,” he wrote on Facebook. “She made me a very happy man.”

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