Mark Steinberg Leaves IMG, Tiger Woods Expected To Follow Him
Mark Steinberg, the longtime agent of Tiger Woods, has left IMG, where he headed the golf division, and Woods is expected to leave with him. “Mark Steinberg is no longer employed by IMG," IMG Senior VP/Corporate Communications Jim Gallagher said in a brief interview last night. He declined further comment. Steinberg's deal with IMG expired on June 30, but he was free to talk with other agencies starting on June 1, sources said. One source said, "They have mutually decided to part ways." Another source, however, disputed that, saying, "There was nothing mutual about it."
It is not clear if Steinberg will join another agency or start his own firm. Because he was not free to talk to other agencies and sources said he abided by his contract, he may not know what interest there is from other agencies to hire him. Woods, as well as fellow longtime client Annika Sorenstam, are expected to go wherever Steinberg decides to go.
IMG issued a press release stating that its global golf business would now be run by Senior VP/European Golf Operations Guy Kinnings and Senior VP/Asia Pacific Golf Operations Robbie Henchman. IMG Vice Chair Alastair Johnston will oversee the business of the division.