ManagementJuly 11, 2017

Lee Westwood leaves longtime agent Chubby Chandler for IMG

Andrew (Chubby) Chandler, Lee Westwood
Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesLee Westwood and his then agent Andrew (Chubby) Chandler on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

This is apparently the season for splits. In the wake of player-caddie Phil Mickelson and Jim (Bones) Mackay going separate ways, one of the most familiar player-agent partnerships in the game has come to an end. Lee Westwood has left Andrew (Chubby) Chandler’s International Sports Management company after being a client for 24 years. After former Open champion Darren Clarke, Westwood was ISM’s longest-serving client—and one of Chandler’s closest friends.

According to various sources, the 44-year-old Westwood—who is also currently going though a divorce from wife, Laurae—has signed with International Management Group. Guy Kinnings, IMG’s Global Head of Golf, is another long-time chum of the 10-time Ryder Cup player.

Reached by text, Westwood had no immediate comment to make on his departure from the close-knit Chandler group. Nor did ISM, who also recently lost former U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick.

So far in the 2017 season, Westwood has had four top-15 finishes in 11 European Tour starts and is ranked 57th in the world.

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