Steinberg's Road Ahead

By Kelly TilghmanJune 6, 2011, 9:13 pm

It may have surprised some when Mark Steinberg parted ways with his longtime employer IMG but it comes as no surprise to anyone that Tiger Woods is “staying with Mark Steinberg” as he announced Monday on Twitter.

Woods’ reason for sticking with his man was simple. “I have total confidence in him,” he said.

In an interview with Steinberg on Monday he told me, “I’m flattered and thrilled that Tiger’s staying with me. We’ve been through a lot together and we plan to do some very big things.”

Woods and Steinberg originally formed a partnership 13 years ago. After Tiger parted ways with IMG’s Hughes Norton in late 1998, a 30-year-old Steinberg impressed the 22-year-old Masters champion on a trial run. The rest is history.

The two men share a sharp business mind and a loyal friendship that could lead to becoming business partners. When asked about the possibility of that scenario, Steinberg told me, “yes, there’s a chance.” But he also stated that he’s “absolutely not convinced” they’ll go out on their own.  

It has been reported that IMG wouldn’t renew Mark Steinberg’s contract because his salary and bonuses (an estimated $3 million) exceeded Woods’ 2010 revenue for the company by roughly $2 million.

“I don’t lend any credence to that,” Steinberg added. “I had 19 1/2 years with (IMG) and I wish them well. We couldn’t come to terms on a new agreement.”

For Steinberg, the opportunities are endless. While working as the head of global golf for IMG and spearheading deals for Woods, he developed one of the golf industry’s most powerful contact list, which should be very handy when he makes his final decision about his future. According to Steinberg, he only began talks with potential suitors five days ago. He said the response he’s received is “eye opening and invigorating.”

There is the possibility of forming a partnership with an established agency. Companies like Creative Arts Agency (CAA) and Wasserman have been rumored to be on that list. When asked if he wanted to work for someone else, Steinberg said, “there’s not a mandate for being my own boss. I’m gathering as much information as possible. I’m doing a lot of listening. At some point, something’s just going to feel right.”

Whatever Steinberg decides, the question is, who else will go with him? His other star client is former women’s world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam. Steinberg said Sorenstam wants to wait to see what decision he makes before she commits to following but he did say she’s “interested.” Sorenstam was one of Steinberg’s first clients at IMG. They joined forces in 1994, a year before her historic victory at the U.S. Women’s Open.

On the subject of Woods’ marketability, Steinberg said, “It remains incredibly strong worldwide. People have moved on from November of 2009.”

When asked to comment on the potential for a new endorsement deal for Woods, Steinberg said, “There’s a lot brewing. A new announcement is imminent. We just want to be fair to all companies and get him healthy again.”

There’s no specific timetable for any official decisions from the Steinberg-Woods camp. Both men are dealing with personal issues. Woods is not playing next week’s U.S. Open and he continues to rehabilitate nagging Achilles and knee injuries. Meanwhile, Steinberg is tending to family matters. His mother-in-law is in the critical stages of a hard fought, two-decade battle with breast cancer. 

There’s no doubt Steinberg has a lot on his plate right now. There’s a lot to balance as his career takes a turn, but it’s a turn that he describes as very exciting.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.