Thursday 14 December 2017

McGinley out on his own after severing 'Chubby' ties

Bernie McGuire

Paul McGinley has ended a 19-year management relationship with International Sports Management.

McGinley and 'Chubby' Chandler met during the recent Singapore Open when the Dubliner indicated to the ISM chief that he was looking to manage his own off-course business affairs.

The Ryder Cup vice-captain has been one of ISMs longest-standing golfing clients -- he joined the Cheshire-based organisation when turning professional in 1991.

During that time McGinley has banked over €10.7m in prize money and won four European Tour titles including the 2005 season-ending Volvo Masters.

He also played in three Ryder Cup-winning teams, with the highlight coming in 2002 when he holed the victory putt at The Belfry.

McGinley had been quizzed about ending his business relationship with ISM following his lowly 64th-place finish in the UBS Hong Kong Open.

However, a pair of 73s over the weekend that rounded off McGinley's poorest season on the European Tour since his first full year in 1992 certainly was not the ideal time for a cosy fireside chat with the Dubliner.

McGinley ended the year in 124th place on the Order of Merit -- 20 places further down the money list than 2009's then worst-ever season of 104th.

"At no stage during the year did I get any momentum, and at no stage during the year did I play with any confidence," said McGinley.

"So as a result I've had a very poor year. That's the end of story. I don't know where I am going to start next year or what I am going to do.

"I will sit down over the off-season and assess everything."

McGinley is the second high-profile Irishman to leave ISM in recent years -- Graeme McDowell severed ties to sign with the Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.

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