First, Rory McIlroy left Horizon Sports Management. On Sunday, the man who recruited him to the representation firm ended his relationship with them as well.
Graeme McDowell announced Sunday he will be parting ways with the Dublin-based sports management firm and founder Conor Ridge at the end of 2014 after a seven-year partnership.
“During my time with Horizon I have become a major champion, played in three successive Ryder Cups and won multiple tournaments around the world," McDowell said in a statement. "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."
Like McIlroy, McDowell will now represent himself.
“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," said the 2010 U.S. Open champion. "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.”
Ridge said, in part, “We wish Graeme well for the rest of his golf career and in his future commercial ventures. His innate business acumen will serve him well as he manages his own affairs in the years ahead."
McIlroy is suing Ridge and Horizon Sports in Irish Commercial Court after he suddenly broke ties with the agency a year ago. The four-time major winner claims he was deceived by Ridge and signed an agreement with abnormally high fees. Ridge is countersuing McIlroy.