Els and Chandler part company

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Ernie Els has parted company with Chubby Chandler and his sports management company, ISM.

Ernie Els has parted company with Chubby Chandler and his sports management company, ISM.

Both Chandler and Els released statements confirming their parting of the ways after an association going back to 2004 and which, in many ways, was the foundation stone of Chandler’s successful sports management business.

Chandler said: “It was just something that happens. There are no hard feelings and I suspect he and I will have a few beers at the Dunhill. A change may do him and his game a lot of good.”

Discussing the development on his website, Els said he was making the move as a way to “consolidate” his management team and make it more convenient to his United States home-base in Jupiter, Florida.

Golf Digest has reported that there has been some speculation that the ‘Big Easy’, a three-time major winner and one of the games most prolific world-wide winners ever, could eventually end up working with Vinny Giles and Buddy Marucci when the former US Walker Cup captains get their golf-management business fully operational in Jupiter.

ISM players won the first three legs of this year’s grand slam and four of five majors going back to last year’s British Open.

Chandler’s plan a year ago was to open an office in Florida at Old Palm GC in Palm Beach Gardens, but that fell through.

“I want to thank Chubby and all the ISM team for our time together and am proud to have been associated with one of the most talented stables in world golf, including as it does my fellow major winners; Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke as well as the current World No. 2 Lee Westwood,” Els said in his statement.

“I wish him and all the guys great continued success.”

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