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Woods' agent Steinberg out at IMG

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Tiger Woods’ longtime manager Mark Steinberg has stepped down as senior vice president and global managing director of IMG Golf. According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Steinberg’s contract with the global sports management firm expired in June.

Late Tuesday the company released a two-line statement briefly outlining a reorganization of IMG Worldwide’s global golf business. In the release the company names a new senior vice president of European operations (Guy Kinnings) and Asia Pacific operations (Robbie Henchman) and separately confirmed that Steinberg, who joined the company in 1992, “is no longer with IMG.”

According to a story in the December 2008 edition of the Sports Business Journal, Steinberg was “close to a deal to extend his employment contract at the company.” On Tuesday at media day for the AT&T National event Woods was asked about the possibility of Steinberg leaving IMG.

“I'm committed to both, with IMG, and Mark's my agent,” Woods said. “It's been a great relationship. I've been with them ever since I turned pro . . . But I'm very happy with both.”

Sources at the Cleveland-based sports management company told The Associated Press that Woods would be able to leave IMG and go with Steinberg. Woods has been with IMG since he turned pro in 1996, and Steinberg became his agent three years later.

In the 2008 Sports Business Journal story Steinberg reportedly talked with “several rival sports and entertainment agencies, including Creative Artists Agency,” which has divisions in every major sport except golf and has been rumored to be actively pursuing Steinberg.