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Rory McIlroy and Oakley settle lawsuit

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rory McIlroy is taking steps to get rid of lawyers in his life. (USATSI)
Rory McIlroy is taking steps to get rid of lawyers in his life. (USATSI)

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Rory McIlroy has been in the middle of a host of controversial issues this year but one of them came to an end on Sunday.

According to a joint statement from McIlroy and Oakley the two sides have come to an agreement. Pat McIlvain, VP of Oakley Sports Marketing said everything has been settled.

"We are very pleased the proceedings against Rory have been resolved. We enjoyed an excellent relationship with Rory as an Oakley brand ambassador."

McIlroy said he's glad to get the load off his shoulders.

"I always had an excellent working relationship with Oakley's representatives and I am delighted the case is now behind me."

The final numbers of the case were not released.

Ryan Ballengee of Golf News Net has a really great post noting the timeline of events between Oakley and McIlroy with cameos from Nike and McIlroy's old agent Conor Ridge.

Here's an overview:

Sometime before September 2012 (presumably) -- Oakley representatives (allegedly email) Ridge saying they're "out of the mix."

Saptember 2012 -- McIlroy signs with Nike

December 2012 -- Oakley sues McIlroy and Nike claiming violation of right of first refusal (basically McIlroy didn't give Oakley a chance to match Nike's offer even though these alleged emails imply they did).

November 2013 -- Oakley files motion to end case.

November 2013 -- Nike files proposal motion to end case claiming it did nothing wrong and was led on by Ridge.

Oh, and did I mention Ridge and McIlroy are suing each other in a separate case? Now I know why McIlroy said a few weeks ago he'd "seen enough lawyers to last a lifetime."

Nevertheless, McIlroy has to be thrilled to put the Oakley case behind him. It's just one less thing to think about in 2014 as he tries to rebound from a disappointing 2013.

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