Category: Chubby Chandler


November 18, 2012

Westwood, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel and Clarke are moving in at Old Palm

Posted at 2:45 PM by Samantha Glover

Chubby Chandler's stable of golfers have a new home in professional golf's hottest community.

Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke will all make Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., their home course, and Westwood, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have also bought houses at Old Palm, according to a press release from the club and International Sports Management (ISM).

"We are excited to welcome Lee, Louis, Charl and Darren to Old Palm," said Timothy Bright, senior vice president with Clarion Partners, Old Palm's owner/operator. "This group has collected three major championships, 80 wins world-wide, and could literally live anywhere in the world. ISM selecting Old Palm as its North American home is a tremendous honor."

Chandler, the founder of ISM, said: "With its world-class golf amenities, club and convenient location, Old Palm is the ideal location for our North American headquarters."

Chandler's most famous ex-client, Rory McIlroy, also lives in the Palm Beach area, as does Tiger Woods.

January 23, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Phil Mickelson to skip WGC-Accenture Match Play

Posted at 11:41 AM by Mick Rouse

Following his tie for 49th place at the Humana Challenge, Phil Mickelson announced that he would be skipping next month’s WGC-Accenture Match Play. Alex Miceli has the story:

Mickelson, playing in the Humana Challenge for the first time in five years, has a conflict with his children’s spring break and, as in the past, will take the week off to vacation with his three children and wife, Amy, during the Feb. 22-26 Match Play.

“I'm going to end up missing the Match Play this year as we're going to go on a family trip,” Mickelson, No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said Sunday after completing his third round here. “So as I miss that tournament, it was easier to add this one, too.”

Those wanting more of Lefty won’t have to look hard to find him. Mickelson will be making his rounds on the West Coast over the next few weeks, playing the Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open before taking a week off with the family for a little R&R.

Coming to America

Chubby Chandler may have lost his brightest star in Rory McIlroy, but that hasn’t deterred ISM’s head honcho from seeking out new talent. Expect many of those new clients to bleed red, white and blue. While speaking with Golf Talk Central, Chandler stated that he would sign more American players this year than Europeans. 

Chandler recently set up shop in South Florida, ISM’s new American base, and has signed Peter Uihlein and Ben An in the last two months alone. 

Rex Hoggard of Golf Talk Central is also reporting that Steve Zika will take the lead on ISM’s descent into the American talent pool: 

GTC has confirmed through various sources that Steve Zika, a longtime tour representative for Ping, will be ISM’s American front-man. 

Zika was with Ping for a dozen years and worked with the company’s PGA Tour team since 2001. It was during this time that Zika fostered a relationship with Lee Westwood, No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking and a longtime member of Chandler’s stable.

Bubba gets a new ride

Contrary to what Christina Kim thinks, Bubba Watson apparently can have it all. This past weekend, Watson became the proud new owner of the original General Lee car from the “Dukes of Hazzard.” While at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bubba tweeted a photo of the legendary vehicle:  

Roughly five hours later, Watson sent out a follow-up tweet, exclaiming, “Just got my dream car!!!” 

Never one to shy away from the send button, Bubba has since continued to tweet about his new prized possession, including this picture of him gassing up the General: 

Watson has also contacted Notorious Whips with plans of customizing the classic Dodge Charger, including a complete restore of the inside. 

And before you even ask, yes, the horn still works. 

All in all, the General Lee set Bubba back a mere $110,000. Not too shabby considering he owns a watch worth more than four times that. Hey Bubba, just make sure you keep an eye out for Roscoe

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November 28, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Michelle Wie's pie, Ian Poulter's cut and Darren Clarke's loafers

Posted at 2:27 PM by David Dusek

Thanksgiving Tweets
Plenty of golfers gave thanks via Twitter for their blessings on Thursday. Here are three of the most unique messages.

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The Prince's New Clothes
Chubby Chandler (@chubby6665) is Darren Clarke's (@DarrenClarke60) agent and close friend. Why he chose to take a photo of Clarke, whose nickname is The Prince, we don't know, but Christina Kim (@TheCristinaKim) seemed to like it.

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Johnson fishes big too
Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) is known for being one of the biggest hitters in golf. Looks like he's a big hitter on the high seas too. 

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Ian's injury
Luckily for Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter), his sunglasses will probably hide his shaving mishap. 

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Major opportunity
When it's off-season for golfers, they tend to hit the slopes or the beaches, but when tennis star Andy Roddick's season is over, he heads to the course. A very nice course.  

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November 02, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Rory says firing agent was ‘difficult’

Posted at 11:52 AM by Mike Walker

Rory McIlroy said his decision to split with his manager Chubby Chandler was difficult, but that he thought a new environment would help him play better, according to an interview with the BBC (audio here). McIlroy announced he was splitting with Chandler and the ISM agency in late October and moving to Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.

“It’s a decision that I didn’t take lightly. I thought long and hard about it, and had a lot of chats with my mum and dad. Sometimes to forward in your career you just need to make decisions and I just thought it was a decision I need to make.”

McIlroy added that he made the switch because he thought it would help his game.

“It’s about me trying to play my best golf and that’s all there is to it. I feel like with a new environment around me might enable me to play even better.”

He said that it was difficult to fire Chandler, whom he first met as a teenager.

“Chubby’s been with me since Day 1 and it was very difficult for me. I’m very close to him and remain very close to him. It was purely a business decision and nothing personal at all.”

So does that make everything clear to you? Me, neither. Somewhere Tiger Woods is nodding.

PGA Tour demands Aussie news sites not report live Prez Cup results

Australian news services are fighting back against PGA Tour restrictions on live reporting from the Presidents Cup. Tom Dick of The Sydney Morning Herald has the details

The American organizers of this month's Presidents Cup tournament in Melbourne, the PGA Tour, have demanded Australian news organizations delay posting scores online by half an hour and not provide readers with real-time coverage.

Under its rules, TV stations would also be banned from showing any footage until Fox Sports and Channel Nine, who hold the broadcast rights, have finished their coverage. Even then, other broadcasters will be allowed to show only three minutes a day if they accept the PGA Tour conditions, despite Australian copyright law protecting news reporting.

However, those Australian media organizations -- never known as shrinking violets -- aren’t rolling over for tour officials.

News Ltd has labelled the rules "completely unacceptable", and it has been joined by Fairfax Media, owner of the Herald, and several news agencies in refusing to sign the terms on which PGA Tour allows their journalists and photographers to cover the tournament.

Ian Poulter blames new house for poor play this season

Ian Poulter is in Shanghai this week for the HSBC Champions event, but he said the reason for his middling play this season is that his mind has been on the house he’s building in Orlando, according to Oliver Brown of The Telegraph (UK).

“There’s no getting away from it, I’ve played terribly,” he said. “It has all been way too much. I’ve had too much going on in my mind. So, I need to get rid of all that ---- and concentrate on playing golf again.

“I have been building a house and I won’t be moving in until March. It’s my house, and whether it’s a plug socket or the smallest furnishing, I have to make the final decisions. It’s my house — I don’t want someone else to choose something for it.

"That’s a time-consuming project and it eats away at time when I could be doing other stuff.”

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October 25, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Donald calls Tour's POY move 'sketchy'

Posted at 12:46 PM by Mike Walker

Luke Donald called the PGA Tour’s decision to extend the deadline for PGA Tour Player of the Year voting “sketchy at best” in an interview with Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show. The PGA Tour announced the decision to include the results of the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, a World Golf Championship event Nov. 3-6, in the vote after Donald won the money list title at Disney.

“My schedule isn’t going to change right now. I think the decision to add HSBC is a little sketchy, at best. Why suddenly change the rule the day after Disney? It doesn’t really make much sense to me. The PGA Tour has never really recognized [HSBC] as official money. It doesn’t count as an event, unlike it does on the European Tour. With that criteria, why not count all my accomplishments outside the U.S. as well?

Q: Why do you think they did it?

Who knows? To be honest. I think everything needs to be simplified a little bit for the PGA Tour. There doesn’t seem to be a beginning and an end. You finish the FedEx Up and you think the season’s over and then you’ve got the Fall Series, and you think after Disney it’s over, and now they’re adding another event. I feel like even if I went to HSBC and won, they’d find another event to add [laughs].

Donald, whose wife is pregnant, does not plan on playing the Shanghai event. “Not unless my wife has the baby very soon,” he told Morning Drive.

KISS to open ‘Monster Mini Golf’ course

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As if you needed another awesome reason to visit Las Vegas, the band Kiss announced this week that they’ll be opening a mini-golf course in Vegas. And, yes, there’s a wedding chapel too. All that's missing is The Hangover guys. From PR Newswire:

KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, a unique rock 'n roll themed amusement attraction based around the world renowned band KISS®, is swinging into Las Vegas. Scheduled to open in January 2012, KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is the first of its kind and will include an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed, rockin' 18-hole miniature golf course, a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS® gift shop in the world, a KISS® Gallery, "Hotter Than Hell"Wedding Chapel, a private VIP Room, FANtastic KISS® themed event rooms and the "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" Cafe. A live DJ will rock the house, throughout the days and many "Crazy, Crazy Nights" with continuous KISS® music, trivia, contests and prizes, creating a place embraced by locals, tourists, and rockers of all ages.

Paper: Chubby’s ‘laissez faire approach' hurt McIlroy 
Karl MacGinty of the Belfast Telegraph
has a strong take on Rory McIlroy’s split with agent Chubby Chandler’s ISM sports management firm. It wasn’t the money; it was the guidance, MacGinty says.

Instead, the responsibility lies with McIlroy himself and a management company so fearful of losing its biggest bread-winner, it was unwilling or unable to offer firm guidance when it was so plainly required.

Laying his hands on the US Open trophy didn’t invest McIlroy with any special wisdom. He remains as hot-headed, impetuous and impatient as any other 22-year-old male in the country -- except the whole world tunes into his tantrums.

Winning a first Major title compounds the weight of expectation and infinitely increases the already-intense pressure to perform. Look how Darren Clarke, a vastly-experienced 42-year-old professional, has struggled for form in the wake of his Open victory at Sandwich.

The laissez faire approach of Chandler and his team at ISM had been the last thing McIlroy needed since June as the youngster, struggling to adjust to his new status, staggered from one controversy to the next.

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July 25, 2011

Truth & Rumors: UK paper says Tiger expected to return at Bridgestone

Posted at 2:52 PM by Mike Walker

But who will be on the bag?

Tiger Woods, who has been resting his injured left knee and Achilles tendon since withdrawing from the Players Championship in May, is expected to return at next week’s Bridgestone Invitational, which begins Aug. 4 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, according to The Guardian UK.

Tiger Woods, expected to announce this week that he is returning to action at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, is out of the world's top 20 for the first time since January 1997.

Woods has until this Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time to officially enter the event, which would be his first Tour event since firing longtime caddie Steve Williams.

Manager says Darren Clarke ‘almost broke’ before Open win

Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s also pretty good motivation for playing well in a major.

According to The Daily Mail (UK), Darren Clarke solved some short-term money problems by cashing in with his British Open win.

Open winner Darren Clarke's big payday came just in time to avert a major cash crisis, his manager Chubby Chandler has revealed.

'The timing could not have been better,' he said. 'Darren has had a big cash flow problem.'

Apart from collecting the Open's €999,000 prize money ($1.43 million), Clarke also picked up a long-awaited €2.2million bonus ($3.15 million) from his clothing sponsors Sports Direct and Dunlop, along with other undisclosed bonuses expected from his endorsement of Taylor Made clubs and other equipment.

The 42-year-old, who has several properties dotted around the globe, was hit hard by the worldwide recession and was strapped for cash when he arrived in Kent for the year's third Major.

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July 19, 2011

Truth & Rumors: McIlroy courts tennis star Wozniacki

Posted at 11:45 AM by Michael Chwasky

Caroline It wasn't too long ago Rory McIlroy was saying how big an influence his long time girlfriend, Holly Sweeney, was in his life. Fast forward to last week's British Open and Rory was releasing a statement saying that the two had split up, amicably of course. It's good to be young, rich, and famous -- and last Sunday the very recently single U.S. Open champion was spotted on what appeared to be a date with none other than Caroline Wozniacki, the world's top-ranked female tennis player.

Evidently a tennis blogger happened to see the two star athletes having dinner together in a London restaurant and discreetly snapped a couple of photos, which you can see here. This comes on the heels of a flirtatious Twitter exchange last week (which didn't go unnoticed) between the two in which McIlroy wishes Wozniacki a happy 21st birthday, to which she responds, "at least now you will be able to buy me a drink."

Are the two young stars actually a couple? The truth is anyone's guess, but the photo of them appearing to steal a kiss on a London street speaks for itself.

Darren Clarke cashes in on British Open win

It's safe to say the golf world was happy to see Darren Clarke finally get a well-deserved British Open victory on Sunday as he outlasted a talented field of challengers including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler. But what most fans probably don't know is that Clarke took home a lot more than the claret jug.

In addition to the nearly $1.5 million winners check, the 42-year old Northern Irishman received a bonus worth more than $3 million from Dunlop, whose logo he wears on his chest. Clarke's windfall stems from unique deal negotiated by his agent, Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, which guarantees no compensation unless the Ulsterman wins a major (in case you were wondering why Lee Westwood wears a Dunlop logo on his chest, he's also a Chandler client).

But the spoils for Clarke's victory don't end there. According to Chandler, the big win is a game-changer for the burly Irishman, who is now exempt into all four majors for the next five years, including an exemption into the British Open until he turns 60. Clarke also moves from 111 in the world rankings to 30, which gets him into the remaining World Golf Championships this season.

Tiger texts help Clarke win first major

For those who thought Tiger was a selfish scoundrel who wanted nothing but wins for himself, guess again. Yup, El Tigre actually sent Darren Clarke a couple of text messages in which he gave the soon-to-be Open Champion tips on how to win a major.

"Darren got two text messages from Tiger," confirmed the Ulsterman's manager, Chubby Chandler, yesterday. "They weren't just 'play well' messages either. It was a real bit of sports psychology."

What exactly Tiger related to Clarke is unknown, but clearly the content of the texts were significant, as Clarke went out of his way to acknowledge their importance.

"I wouldn't want to go into what Tiger said to me in the texts, but they were very much appreciated and helped when it came to believing that I could win."

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July 18, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Clarke parties hearty with claret jug

Posted at 11:25 AM by Mike Walker

We all knew this was coming. When the European Tour’s leading bon vivant wins the major championship he wants the most, he’s going to throw a great party.

Here’s a report from Clarke’s manager Chubby Chandler from after 1 a.m. Sandwich, England, time:

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The party continued straight through until morning, according to the European Tour’s web site. Here's the post-celebration report from a bleary-eyed Clarke posing with the claret jug Monday morning:

"I probably won't get any sleep until tomorrow at some stage. Have to enjoy it when you can.

"I had quite a few pints and quite a few glasses of red wine and it all continued until about 30 minutes ago.

"It's been a very good night."

Nothing, though, had been poured into the trophy.

"I'm a little bit of a traditionalist. I feel a bit funny about putting stuff in the Claret Jug that shouldn't be in there. "There's nothing in it as yet. That may not be the case as the week goes by!"

We’ll give Rory McIlroy the final word.

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Tom Watson visited D-Day sites before playing British Open  

Before traveling to Royal St. George’s in Sandwich for the British Open, Tom Watson made an emotional visit to the World War II battlefields and graveyards of Normandy in northern France. Watson talked about the experience after his round on Sunday.

TOM WATSON: I visited the British military grave site at Ranville first and then I went on to Sword Beach, which was the eastern flank, and then we overnighted in Caen, and then the next day we went to the U.S. cemetery and Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. It was very emotional.

Q. You've been here, seen it, done it. There must be few things that can move you, but that must have been...

TOM WATSON: Oh, there are a lot of things that can move me. There are a lot of things. That certainly is -- you know, that particular turning point in World War II certainly was a -- it was a feat extraordinaire.

Q. Describe your emotions around a place like that.

TOM WATSON: Well, the visuals there are -- I wanted to see, first of all, Pointe du Hoc. It was man against man and gun against gun. Talk about a disadvantage. It was like me playing Phil Mickelson on this golf course. The Rangers, the Second Battalion Rangers, had to go up 115 feet in the air, straight up, and the Germans were up there shooting at them. And they managed to do it. Omaha Beach was a disaster in a lot of different ways. The weather forecast was not exactly right, and the seas were really, really big, and they lost a lot of men before they even got to shore. They couldn't get to shore. To see the cemetery there and the 9,000-plus marble crosses is a striking reminder of what the human condition can do. I was very emotional, very emotional seeing that.

Jack Wagner takes down Tony Romo in celeb tournament

Darren Clarke’s win at the British Open was drama-free after Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson flamed out on the back nine, but that wasn’t the case for soap star and celebrity golf stick Jack Wagner, who had to shake a charging Tony Romo down the stretch at the American Century Championship in Reno, Nev., according to Dan Hinxman of The Reno Gazette-Journal.

By the time the two reached the par-3 17th, Wagner's lead was down to two. He sank a 10-footer for birdie right after Romo missed his 12-foot birdie try, and then both players hit their second shot on 18 into Lake Laimbeer. Romo needed to make about a 30-footer to force Wagner to get up and down in three shots, but he missed and Wagner claimed his second ACC title in five years.

It put the finishing touches on a day of quality golf, with Wagner shooting a three-under 69 and Romo shooting a 66. Wagner finished with 80 points, the second-highest total in the tournament's modified Stableford scoring history (since 2003).

Good thing it didn't go to a playoff. Cowboys fans know how that would end.

When is Tiger Woods returning to the PGA Tour?

In case you missed it, Tiger Woods is planning to play Stanford bud Notah Begay’s charity tournament on Aug. 31 in Upstate New York. However, the CEO of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia said that rumors of a Tiger return at the Greenbrier Classic on July 28 are just that, according to Dave Morrison of The (Beckley, W. Va.) Register-Herald.

“There is absolutely nothing to the Tiger rumor, absolutely nothing,” Justice said, without even being asked. “That means I have heard nothing (from Woods’ camp),” Justice said. “Surely to goodness, I would have been the first to know that. It would be great news, and we would love to have Tiger. But as far as Tiger committing, there is nothing to it.”

In other Tiger news, Woods texted his pal Darren Clarke some final-round advice before, but Clarke declined to say what it was. (Via The Associated Press). Also, Palm Beach Realtor Jeff Lichtenstein does the math and figures that – in addition to his mortgage -- Tiger has about $5.4 million in monthly taxes and expenses on his Jupiter Island, Fla., mansion. No wonder he might come back soon! 

Sports Photo of the Year

If the average picture is worth a thousand words, this one posted on Twitter by Brian Keogh of IrishGolfDesk is worth 10,000.

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