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G-Mac to leave Horizon, start own agency at year's end

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Graeme McDowell announced Sunday that he is leaving Horizon Sports Management at the end of the year to start his own management company.

McDowell has been with the Dublin-based company since November 2007.

“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,” he said in a release. “I’m now involved with a growing number of exciting business ventures, many of which Horizon helped me establish, and as the landscape evolves so must I.” 

The amicable split is a stark contrast to what unfolded in 2013, when Rory McIlroy split from Horizon. The world No. 1 and boutique agency are currently embroiled in a legal battle that seems destined to wind up in court.

Brian Keogh of the Irish Golf Desk, citing unnamed sources, reported that McDowell has debated this move for months and that his decision was not directly connected to the ongoing case. Shane Lowry and Ross Fisher will remain Horizon's most notable clients. 

It’s a busy few weeks for McDowell, who will become a father on Monday. He and wife Kristin are expecting their first child, a girl. He will skip next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, but he is in good shape to earn another spot on the European Ryder Cup team.