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Lee Westwood sensationally splits from manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler after 24 years

Lee Westwood has sensationally split from his manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler after 24 years.

The Telegraph reported that former World No.1 Westwood has joined IMG, and although the reasons remain shrouded in secrecy, it is understood there’s still a few legal niggles between player and agency which need resolving.

This news has come to many as a total shock; similar to the recent announcement of Mickelson and Bones breaking up last month.

Westwood and Chandler have always been close friends, owning several racehorses together, including one named Hoof It. They are often spotted together, laughing and having a good time, so the split doesn’t appear to be personal. Westwood was one of Chandler's first clients when he started the firm in 1989 following 15 years playing on the European Tour.

Westwood is the third high profile departure from ISM in recent times following Charl Schwartzel and Matt Fitzpatrick. However, major champions Darren Clarke, Danny Willett, Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Lawrie, as well as Scott Jamieson, Joost Luiten and Anirban Lahiri all remain in the ISM stable.



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