G-Mac seeks new horizons

Irish golfer Graeme McDowell last night toasted the "happiest moment of my life" as he welcomed his first child into the world, a life-changing moment that followed hot on the heels of a career-changing one.

G-Mac seeks new horizons

McDowell, 35, used his Twitter account yesterday to announce his wife Kristin had given birth to a daughter in Florida. He will skip this week’s PGA Tour FedEx Cup play-off event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, to remain with his family.

Just 24 hours earlier, the Portrush golfer had used the same social media site to announce he was splitting with Horizon Sports Management at the end of the year to manage his own commercial interests. The parting of the ways between McDowell and the company led by Conor Ridge that he joined in 2007 is a significant move for the 2010 US Open champion, who credited Horizon with helping him achieve his career ambitions on and off the golf course.

McDowell, who turned professional in 2002 after a stellar US collegiate golf career, had been with Chubby Chandler’s ISM stable before switching to Horizon in November 2007.

“During my time with Horizon I have become a Major champion, played in three successive Ryder Cups and won multiple tournaments around the world. In parallel with this, Horizon has helped me to establish a portfolio of global sponsors and corporate partners, with whom I will remain engaged into the future. Horizon has also played a key role in establishing and growing The G-Mac Foundation. Its continued work for children’s charitable causes in the years ahead will represent a legacy that the team at Horizon should be genuinely proud of.”

McDowell thanked Ridge and the Horizon team for their efforts and underlined the amicable nature of their split.

Despite the good terms on which they will part, the loss of world No 16 McDowell will be a setback for the Dublin-based management company, which faces a High Court date with Rory McIlroy following an acrimonious split in May 2013.

Horizon, though, do have Offaly’s rising star Shane Lowry still on its books.

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