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Rory: Chubby taking me wrong way

Rory McIlroy has revealed he dumped manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler because he felt he was "being led down the wrong path".

The 22-year-old made the decision in October last year and has gone from strength to strength, winning three times since the split and rising to second in the world rankings.

He said: “I felt like the path I was going down wasn’t the path I wanted to go down.”

McIlroy regretted giving up his PGA Tour card at the end of 2010 as well as not going to the Players Championship at Sawgrass under the influence of Chandler and International Sports Management stablemate Lee Westwood.


On Sawgrass, McIlroy said: “That’s another example of being involved with Chubby and ISM and maybe being led down the wrong path, or a path that I didn’t want to go down. It was something I sort of felt like I had to do.

“I think just spending a little bit of time around Chubby and Lee and hearing their view of the PGA Tour – obviously they’re very pro-European Tour – while I’ve always been one who wanted to play on the PGA Tour.

“Not playing Sawgrass was one of the decisions I look back on and regret a little bit.”

McIlroy is now managed by Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.

Perhaps it says much about the ever-growing fame of Rory McIlroy that last year he brought three friends from home as his Masters guests – and this year he has invited Ant and Dec.

Els’ no-go

Ernie Els will not be at this week's Masters – even if the Augusta National officials decide to offer him a last-minute invitation.

The former world number one failed in his bid to win the Houston Open, which was won by American Hunter Mahan, and with it the last exempt spot in the year's first major. There is little chance of officials adding him to the field – Japan's Ryo Ishikawa received his invite a month ago – but he said: “I wouldn't take it. They can keep it.”