Brit Andrew “Chubby” Chandler
is a former journeyman pro who
parlayed an ordinary playing career
on the European Tour into a hugely
successful business as the head of
International Sports Management,
the London-based firm that
represents, among others, Lee
Westwood, Ernie Els, Darren
Clarke and Rory McIlroy.
the good times.”
– Chubby Chandler
Chandler is a people person by
nature but knows when to be
fiercely protective of his players
and/or ISM’s interests. Global Golf
Post Editor-In-Chief Brian Hewitt
recently sat with Chandler, in the
States, and engaged him in an extended conversation during which a
variety of areas were covered.
GGP Your company, ISM, is perceived
to be smaller and less-buttoned
down than IMG, your industry’s
giant. True or false? And what
are the key differences?
CC;If you want to describe what
we’re good at in our company, we
give fantastic support to our play-
ers and we’re there to help them
through problems; help them
come down after a win; help
them get up before a win, etc.,
etc. And we’ve also got a reputa-
tion for enjoying ourselves in the
good times, and I think that all
brings it together. It makes it an
interesting, successful culture.
What follows is Chandler’s professional philosophy, his opinions on
the state of the game and even his
views on Tiger Woods’ problems.
Chandler also provided very personal insights into Westwood, Els,
McIlroy and Clarke.
GGP;Rory McIlroy’s attention-getting
and stylish win at Quail Hollow
in May had to give that culture
CC;There are three or four of our
young guys that have grown up
with Rory that will have been
inspired by that week. And the
older guys take an interest in the
younger guys. We’re a family.
People do scrap. But it’s a group
of people that feed off of each
other’s successes for sure.
phone Friday afternoon after he
missed the cut at The Masters.
He was worried that he wasn’t
closing out tournaments. He
wanted to possibly see (mental
coach) Bob Rotella to help him
close out tournaments. But if
you have a look at his record last
year, he made a lot of money but
he didn’t get in contention that
often. There was almost an element of impatience. Rory had a
sit down with Jack Nicklaus that
was absolutely fantastic. But my
guess is that Mr. Nicklaus didn’t
play at 20 like he did at 35. My advice to Rory was to tell him you’re
getting a lot of great advice but
play like you play. Let’s play like
Rory plays because by the time
you’re 34, you’ll learn everything.
GGP;The message got through, then?
CC;He’s funny that way, because
you never know that he’s listen-
ing. There’s a number of times
we’ll have a chat and I’ll see that
he’s absorbed it. And it’s quite
interesting because every client’s
different. We talked about being
happy, and you don’t know if he’s
listening. But he is listening.
because while he believes he be-
longs in these big tournaments,
it’s a different thing to think that
than to know that. To win in a a
field with Tiger and Phil and Lee
and Cabrera. It’s quite interest-
ing. This is the same kid who 18
months ago said the Ryder Cup
was an exhibition (laughter). It’s
interesting how his mind is now.
GGP;What was the most remarkable
thing about Rory’s Sunday 62?
CC;The simplicity of the turnaround.
I talked to him at length on the
GGP;How big will the 62 be for his
GGP;A lot of people who follow golf
feel betrayed by what Tiger
Woods turned out to be away
from the golf course. What can
you say to somebody who might
wonder that Rory McIlroy won’t
turn out to be like that in 13
years when he’s 34?