Dearbhail McDonald reports that Rory McIlroy's lawyers have suggested their client was on "markedly inferior" commercial teams with Horizon Sports compared to former big buddy and Horizon shareholder Graeme McDowell, in the beginning of awkward revelations leading up to October's January's trial.
The big business divison of the High Court has also heard that Mr McDowell was a shareholder in Dublin based Horizon Sports Management - which is being sued by Mr McIlroy - at a time when the young golfer was considering appointing Horizon as his management.
The "extraordinary revelations" were detailed this afternoon by lawyers for Mr McIlroy who now wants to amend his legal action against Horizon, his former agent.
**Brian Keogh analyzes the latest moves and notes the issues with a January trial date, and also the difficulty this adds to Paul McGinley's job as Ryder Cup Captain.
But it emerged in Dublin's Commercial Court today that the Holywood star will have his multi-million euro legal row with Horizon hanging over him for seven months until he has to go to give evidence in court for up to two weeks when the case is heard from January 27 next year.
A court date could force McIlroy to miss the European Tour events in Abu Dhabi or Dubai at the start of the year, costing him more than $2 million in appearance fees.