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Graeme McDowell a winner away from fairways thanks to his firm

By Gordon Deegan

Graeme McDowell may be experiencing patchy form on the golf course in 2015, but he can console himself with accumulated profits topping $12m (£7.89m) at his commercial firm.

This follows new accounts filed by the US Open winner with Companies House showing that G-Mac's Boyport Services Ltd recorded a reduction in accumulated profits last year, dropping by $1.19m from $13.2m to $12m.

The decrease in profits follows a stellar 2013 enjoyed by the firm when profits jumped by $3m.

During 2014, the cash pile at McDowell's firm reduced from $5.72m to $4.18m, while the value of investments at the firm jumped by more than $600,000 to $6.879m.

Last year was the final year McDowell's career off the golf course was guided by the Dublin sports agency Horizon Sports Management, the same company spurned by his friend, Rory McIlroy.

In August of last year McDowell announced a parting of the ways with Horizon, confirming that he was to manage his own commercial interests from the start of 2015.

He said at the time: "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."

When McDowell joined Horizon in November 2007 he was ranked outside the top 100 players in the world.

During his time with Horizon McDowell became a Major champion, played in a number of Ryder Cups and won multiple tournaments around the world.

At the end of last year, McDowell's world ranking was 15th and he has since slipped to 67th, not helped by missing the cut in the US PGA and US Open this year and poor scores in the Open and the Masters.

The wealth of G-Mac's firm has increased dramatically in recent years, and away from his commercial and golf activities the 36-year-old operates The G-Mac Foundation, whose mission is to support children's medical research in Northern Ireland, the Republic and the US. In 2013, McDowell extended his business interests when he opened Nona Blue Tavern, which houses a sports bar and a restaurant in Orlando in Florida, where he has lived for the past 10 years.

McDowell's success on the golf course has won him a slew of sponsors which include credit card firm MasterCard, shoe and clothing firm ecco, consultancy firm Teneo, financial services firm RBC and golf ball and equipment maker Srixon.

McDowell turned pro in 2002 and established Boyport Services that same year to manage his commercial interests.

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