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.

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Koepka: Second-place finishes becoming 'annoying'

By Al TaysMay 28, 2018, 12:02 am

Brooks Koepka didn't go down without a fight.

Trailing Justin Rose by four shots going into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational, Koepka shot his second 7-under 63 of the week - and made up precisely one shot. He finished solo second at 17 under par, three shots behind Rose.

He could only marvel at the Englishman's performance in closing with a 6-under 64.

"It was pretty impressive," he said. "Justin played well. Hat's off to him. Any time you can come into a lead with four shots and play the way he did today, that's impressive."

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Although Koepka was pleased with his own play - especially his putting - he said it felt "annoying" to come in second. Again.

"I feel like we've had so many second-place finishes," he said. "Always seem to run into a buzz saw, whatever it is."

Since May of 2016, Koepka has five solo second-place finishes and one T-2. But he also has a U.S. Open title, won last year at Erin Hills. He'll attempt to defend that title June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills. "It's nice to finally be playing well and get going into the season," he said. "Kind of peaking right where I need to be."

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Minjee Lee birdies 18 to win on her birthday

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:59 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Minjee Lee's task was simple: A birdie on No. 18 would win her the tournament. It was a manageable par 5, the easiest hole on the course in the final round.

After a good drive, her second shot came closer to trouble than much of the gallery probably realized.

''I almost clipped the tree,'' Lee said. ''I overcut it a little bit, but it finished out in a good position.''

Lee's shot came to rest just to the right of the green, and from there it was a simple chip and putt for the birdie that gave her a one-stroke win over In-Kyung Kim at the LPGA Volvik Championship on Sunday. Lee, who turned 22 on Sunday, won for the first time since 2016. It was the Australian's fourth career victory.

Lee three-putted for a bogey on No. 17, dropping into a tie with Kim, who finished her round about the same time. So Lee needed a birdie to win on 18. The 18th hole was 470 yards Sunday. There were 44 birdies there in the final round.

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''The tee was up,'' she said. ''I was pretty confident that I could get there in two if I had a good drive.''

Lee made her winning putt from about 3 feet. She finished at 4-under 68 and 16 under for the tournament. Kim (67) shot a 32 on the back nine and birdied No. 18, but it wasn't enough to force a playoff at Travis Pointe Country Club.

''I kind of knew that 16 was the number and I mean, I give my best,'' Kim said. ''I make some good shots and birdies.''

Moriya Jutanugarn (65) finished third at 14 under.

Lee took a two-stroke lead into the final round, and that was her margin over playing partner Stacy Lewis before Lewis (71) bogeyed No. 7 and 8. Kim emerged as the biggest threat to Lee when she birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine. Lewis is playing four months' pregnant with her first child.

Kim and Lee were briefly tied at 15 under, but then Lee made a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th, while Kim bogeyed 15. Lee saved par on 15 despite a wayward drive into a bunker.

''I wasn't sure where I was score-wise then. That par 5 is reachable in two, so I think a lot of people would have made birdie there,'' Lee said. ''The next tee shot I just pulled into the bunker. ... I think that was really important for me to hole that par putt just to keep the momentum going.''

Lee had gone 38 consecutive holes without a bogey before making one on the par-4 17th. That, combined with Kim's birdie on 18, left the two golfers tied, but Lee still had the 18th to come.

Su Oh (68) and Lindy Duncan (69) finished at 13 under, and Megan Khang (67) was another stroke back. Lewis finished at 11 under along with Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and Danielle Kang (70).

Lewis birdied three of the first six holes, but Lee did as well.

''It's hard to get close when somebody does that,'' Lewis said. ''She played great all day and played solid. When she needed to make a par putt, she did, and didn't make any mistakes.''

Lee lost this event by one stroke last year. Shanshan Feng, the 2017 winner , finished tied for 21st this time.

The LPGA has had a different winner in each of its 13 tournaments this year. The U.S. Women's Open starts Thursday at Shoal Creek.

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Spieth: Improvement is 'right around the corner'

By Al TaysMay 27, 2018, 10:50 pm

Not that Dallas native Jordan Spieth didn't enjoy the two-week home game that is the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Fort Worth Invitational - he certainly did. But he's eager to get out of town, too.

"It was a great showing these last couple weeks by the fans," Spieth said after closing with a 2-under 68, a 5-under total and a T-32 finish. "Obviously extremely appreciative here in DFW. Wish I could do more. These couple weeks can be a bit taxing, and it's awesome to kind of have that support to carry you through.

"So, you know, I had a great time these couple weeks on and off the golf course as I always do, but I'm also really excited to kind of get out of town and kind of be able to just go back to the room and have nothing to do at night except for get ready to play the next day."

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Spieth will have that experience this coming week in Dublin, Ohio, site of the Memorial. He's hopeful of improving on his T-21, T-32 finishes the past two weeks, and he thinks the main thing holding him back - his putting - is ready for a turnaround.

"I think good things are about to come," he said. "I feel a good run coming for the second half of the season. Today was - each day I've felt better and better with the wedges and the putter and the short game; today was no different. My only bogey being just kind of trying to do too much on a par-5; 3-wood into the hazard.

"So, you know, I'm getting into where I'm not making bogeys, and then soon - the not making bogeys is great, and soon I'll get back to the five, six birdies around and shoot some low rounds.

"So I know it's right around the corner."

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Broadhurst fires 63 to easily win Senior PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:45 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Paul Broadhurst wishes he had played this well in his 23 years on the European Tour.

''I know a lot more about my swing now and I guess you get that with age and experience,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said after shooting an 8-under 63 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes and match the best 72-hole score in tournament history.

Broadhurst finished at 19-under 265 at Harbor Shores for his second senior major victory. The 63 was the best fourth-round score by a winner. Rocco Mediate also shot 19 under at Harbor Shores in 2016.

Also the 2016 British Senior Open winner, Broadhurst led the field with 26 birdies and passed third-round co-leaders Tim Petrovic and Mark McCarron with a 4-under 31 on the back nine.

Petrovic was second after a 69. McCarron had a 70 to tie for third at 14 under with Jerry Kelly (65).

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Broadhurst earned a career-high $585,000 for his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory and moved to the top of the money list. He won six times on the European Tour, was a 1991 Ryder Cup player for Europe and has three European Senior Tour victories.

''It was really a special week,'' he said. ''It got a little bit tense out there. I knew I was playing well but I didn't seem to making any progress against Tim Petrovic. He was side-by-side on the back nine it seemed.''

He learned his lead was three strokes standing on the 18th tee when his caddie asked a television announcer.

''So we put my driver away and reached for the rescue club,'' he said. ''If I made a 5 there that would be fine.''

Broadhurst started the round two strokes behind Petrovic and McCarron, birdied the first hole and was tied with Petrovic for the lead by the turn. He took his first lead with a birdie on the 12th hole, led by two after 16 and birdied the final two holes, including a dramatic 40-foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole.

''I guess it would have been a bit of anti-climax if I would have three-putted the last green, but that would have given Tim a chance of holing his second shot,'' he said. ''I actually spoke to my caddie about that going down the last - we don't want to three-putt and five him the opportunity because stranger things have happened in golf. To see it go in the middle of the hole was just a special feeling.''

Petrovic said missed birdie putts on Nos. 7 and 8 were costly, but it might not have mattered with the way Broadhurst was playing.

''In hindsight it was all for naught,'' he said. ''He was so far ahead of us. Hat's off the guy. It was a great week - we just got beat. When he made the putt on 18 ahead of us I almost started clapping in the fairway and waving a white towel. It was well-deserved. That was great playing. He won the championship for sure.''

Broadhurst shot 72 in the first round, started rolling in putts with a 66 in the second round and was 15 under on the weekend. In addition to the leading 26 birdies, he topped the putts per greens in regulations numbers for the tournament as well with a 1.574 average.

''I wasn't aware I made that many birdies,'' he said. ''That's pretty impressive around this course.''

He said his game has long been unpredictable.

''I'm not blessed with a consistent swing like Bernhard Langer, but when it's on, it works,'' he said. ''If I'm putting well, then anything can happen, really.''