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SBD/July 12, 2011/Labor and Agents
Chubby Chandler Wields Influence In Golf With Prominent Client Roster
Published July 12, 2011
POWER BROKER: The GUARDIAN’s Lawrence Donegan writes Chandler “is a bit of a loose cannon.” In the course of “failing to take himself too seriously he makes the supposed mistake of not taking seriously the things that matter to the power brokers.” Chandler: "I hate that 'most powerful man in golf' rubbish. I'm not powerful, I am lucky.” Chandler said of McIlroy, “I have no idea what he is worth because there is no set value on what he does. You follow some guidelines based on other guys but he has gone, bonk, sky high.” He added, “If we do deals that are sympathetic to Rory then I know we won't go far wrong. He is 22, the lad, and we have got to make sure he isn't a basket case by the time he is 25." Chandler said McIlroy could “possibly” be Britain's most financially successful sportsman in the future. Chandler: “One of my ambitions is to put a Chinese logo on Rory's hat because golf is going to be unbelievable big in China once it starts being an Olympic sport" (GUARDIAN, 7/12).
MOVING INTO TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: The GUARDIAN’s Donegan writes McIlroy's “fortune could one day surpass that of Tiger Woods.” Chandler “described as extraordinary" the reaction to his client's U.S. Open victory “both from the wider public and from the corporate world, as potential sponsors seek to tie their name to McIlroy's image.” Chandler: "When he comes to sign new deals Rory won't be a million miles away from what Tiger gets, based on what the amount of reaction we have had after the US Open and what people want and what they are offering. With Rory, there are no rules any more" (GUARDIAN, 7/12).