Chubby Chandler - January 10, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 10, 2012, 1:53 pm

Chandler is the Managing Director of International Sports Management whose clients in golf include Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, and Peter Uihlein. He travels all over the world but is beginning to like everything about the United States. As a former professional golfer, he has also been fortunate enough to play at some great golf courses like Pine Valley and Seminole while he has been in the States.

Looking back on 2011, the first thing that comes to mind is the Open Championship because it was the culmination of so many things with Darren Clarke. He has represented Clarke for over 20 years and to be able to be a part of a moment like that was very special. Almost nothing can compare to watching Darren finally win his first Major at the age of 42.

Following the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, he and Rory McIlroy flew together in a private plane and during a stop in New York, they discussed a lot of issues and Rory said that he felt that it would be best to go their separate ways and McIlroy went on to join Horizon Sports Management. ISM still has an incredible group of players but McIlroy may have felt that he needed to leave and “freshen things up” because ISM had become too big and McIlroy needed more attention and specialized focus.

Rory McIlroy is no doubt going to be a great player because of his talent and thinks that he will win between 5 and 15 Majors. McIlroy rejoined the PGA TOUR for 2012 around the time that Chubby thought he would. Rory had tried the PGA TOUR in 2010 and it was not to his liking atthat time so he decided to take a break from the PGA TOUR. All rumors about tension between Rory and Lee Westwood are false as they are both friends and have gotten along great for a very long time.

His mother began calling him “Chubby” when he was younger and when he is on the road, he actually has two credentials with one that says Chubby and another that says his actual first name of Andrew. When it comes to the music he listens to, he likes Earth, Wind, & Fire as well as some of the younger acts today like Rihanna.

Darren Clarke has two young kids and is engaged to be married so he is not a member of the PGA TOUR. Thanks to the Open Championship win, he is exempt virtually everywhere through 2016 and after that, he is just two years away from turning 50 and joining the Champions Tour. He has a lot of options and he thinks that this year will be one where he travels all over the world as the Open Champion. For the future, he does not rule out Darren becoming a member of the PGA TOUR.

If he could make unilateral changes on the PGA TOUR, he would want fewer golf tournaments and quicker play. Slow play hurts the game of golf in virtually every way and the large of number of tournaments can actually hurt the overall product of the PGA TOUR because it dilutes the quality of the events to the point where you have a few strong, elite events among a bunch of lower and middle tier events that struggle to attract strong fields. You want to have a lot of opportunities for players but by and large, you are also seeing a lot of change among title sponsors because of the business of the game of golf which can potentially hurt the game.

Peter Uihlein turned pro last month and signed with ISM to represent him in his career. Last night, Chubby actually stayed with the Uihlein family. He has known the family for a long time ever since Titleist signed Darren Clarke to a contract. In discussions with the Uihlein family, Chubby suggested that Peter should start his professional career overseas instead of the United States because there will be less pressure overseas than there would be in the U.S. He is very concerned about talented young college players having careers that plateau and he does not want to see the same thing happen to Peter Uihlein.

He has a young client named Matt Baldwin who spent a lot of time on the mini tours overseas and was someone who Chubby at times doubted would make the big leap to success on the European Tour. But Baldwin earned his card and recorded a top 10 finish in his first European Tour start. Baldwin is an example of a player with whom he has built a close relationship. That is a goal he has with a lot of his players and as a result, he has become so close to his players and their families that he attends their weddings and other family events.

Charl Schwartzel is another example of a player who he has been very close to for many years. What many people may not know about Charl is that he loves to cook and when he hosts the Champions Dinner at The Masters this April, he not only wants to have a South African barbecue served up, he wants to actually cook the barbecue himself.

George O’Grady is the head of the European Tour and Chubby feels that O’Grady represents the European Tour very well and conducts himself in a very professional manner. Like Tim Finchem on the PGA TOUR, O’Grady has a team behind him on the European Tour and both Commissioners go out to the public and the players and deliver the message of their respective tours.

He supports the idea of appearance fees for tournaments because he supports the idea of doing whatever you can to promote a golf tournament in order to attract crowds and ultimately raise money for charities. Appearance fees are paid for players to come to events all over the world and it happens in the United States as well although it happens in a less direct manner where a sponsor will make a player an ambassador of that company and the player appears at the tournament as part of the arrangement. Going to dinners and corporate outings are other ways to give out appearance fees to players and that also goes on all over the world.

He attended the Presidents Cup this year and in every sense it is completely different from the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is an event that he does not think will ever lose prestige because from the atmosphere in the team room to the attitudes of the fans the Ryder Cup is a feeling that is totally unique in the world of golf.

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. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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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.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.