Els signs with U.S. agency after 'Chubby' split


Ernie Els announced he is joining U.S.-based ProsInc agency after splitting with the Andrew “Chubby” Chanlder-led International Sports Management.

ProsInc is headed by former U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles and former Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci. The firm was originally founded in 1973.

“I have known Buddy and Vinny for a long time,” Els said in a statement. “Not only does Vinny have one of the great records in amateur golf, but he also has a very successful 30-year-plus record in sports management. Buddy’s credentials in the golf world are well known, as is his success as a businessman and leader. I am excited to have them and their team representing me. My goal of having my business team nearby is now complete.'

Els, a three-time major winner, said previously on his website that he was “consolidating his management” team to be closer to his south Florida home.

“After so many years based in the U.K. and traveling the world golf circuit since turning pro,” Els said, “it is nice now to consolidate our activities in one place.”