Exciting times for GMac as he becomes a father

Graeme McDowell.
Graeme McDowell.

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell is celebrating becoming a father after his wife, Kristin Stape gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.

The Portrush man made the announcement on twitter and thanked all those who had sent well wishes.

Meanwhile, McDowell also announced this week that he will leave the Horizon Sports stable when his contract finishes at the end of the year in order to manage his own commercial interests.

McDowell said in a statement: “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.

“I am proud to say that in the intervening years these ambitions have not only been achieved but have surpassed my highest expectations,” McDowell added after finishing 11 strokes behind winner Hunter Mahan at The Barclays tournament on Sunday.

“During my time with Horizon, I have become a major champion, played in three successive Ryder Cups and won multiple tournaments around the world,” the 35-year-old said.

“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.”

Rory McIlroy, the world number one and McDowell’s Ryder Cup playing partner, is a former member of the Horizon stable.