McDowell to leave Horizon Sports Management

Graeme McDowell will leave Horizon Sports Management after a seven-year relationship.

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Graeme McDowell will leave Horizon Sports Management to start his own management company at the end of the year, departing from the Dublin agency after a seven-year relationship.

“When I joined Horizon in November 2007, I was ranked outside the top 100 players in the world, and was seeking a new and energetic management team to help me achieve my career ambitions — both on and off the golf course," McDowell, a Northern Irishman who is No. 16 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said in a statement sent via his Twitter account. “I am at a stage in my life where it feels right to move on to the next phase of my career – both in golf and business."

McDowell is the second world-class player whom the agency has lost in the past year. Rory McIlroy left the management company in 2013, and on much worse terms, as a legal battle unfolded shortly after the split.

McDowell, who will take some time off as he and his wife, Kristin, expect their first child, won 11 events and played in three Ryder Cups during his time with Horizon Sports Management. He previously had announced that he will miss this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, the second tournament in the PGA Tour's four-event FedEx Cup playoffs.

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