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Graeme McDowell announces split from Horizon Sports

By Robert Jones

Graeme McDowell has announced he is leaving Horizon Sports Management in a move that will see him manage his own commercial interests. The Portrush golfer will end his partnership with Horizon when his current management contract expires at the end of the 2014 season.

McDowell said: "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. I am proud to say that in the intervening years, these ambitions have not only been achieved, but have surpassed my highest expectations.

"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.

"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. I'm involved with a growing number of exciting business ventures, many of which Horizon helped me establish, and as the landscape evolves so must I.

"I would particularly like to thank Conor Ridge and the whole Horizon team for their vision, advice and commitment to my golf career and business affairs over the past seven years.

"Their integrity and professionalism are a mark of everything that Horizon represents. I look forward to their continued friendship and support in the years ahead."

Rory McIlroy went into yesterday's final round of The Barclays tournament at Ridgewood Country Club pledging to go on the attack.

However, his hopes of launching a Sunday charge were undermined by an uncharacteristic error during a tepid final-round 70 that left him just outside the top 20 on five-under. G-Mac finished on three-under.

Hunter Mahan was top of the leaderboard, finishing two shots ahead of Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day.

Jamie Donaldson has booked his place in the European team at this year's Ryder Cup by winning the Czech Masters by two shots.

The Welshman held off the challenge of his compatriot Bradley Dredge to scoop the £128,000 first prize and qualify via the European list.

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