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Rory McIlroy Parts Ways With Chubby Chandler, International Sports Management
Published October 21, 2011
STUNNING MOVE: Author John Feinstein said it was a "stunning move" for McIlroy to leave ISM and Chubby Chandler, who "he’s known since he was a kid and been close to for years." Feinstein: "Graeme McDowell is a close friend, fellow Northern Irishman -- that might have had something to do with it, but it’s still pretty stunning.” Feinstein: “All my instinct can tell me is that Rory McIlroy is at a point in his career where he feels he needs more personal attention. … All I can think is that McIlroy is saying, ‘If I move to a guy that’s got Graeme McDowell, certainly, but doesn’t have as many big names, as many irons in the fire as Chubby Chandler, maybe I get more personal attention.’ That’s always a big deal with players.” Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel said, “I wonder if he was put off a little bit by the ISM sort of Euro-centric attitude which is, look the European Tour comes first, Europe comes first and the U.S. Tour comes after that.” Golf Channel's Erik Kuselias: “It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, if Chubby starts adding people or losing people from the Chubby stable” ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 10/21).