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Westwood's break-up with ISM complete

 

It was confirmed at the weekend that Lee Westwood has finalised the break-up with his long-term business manager Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler and Chandler's International Sports Management organisation (ISM).

Chandler first disclosed the intended parting of the ways in July, saying that after a being together for 24 years during which time Westwood achieved World No 1 status and won more than 40 tournaments worldwide, the stocky 44-year-old English golfer had 'decided to go down a different path'.

'The transfer of Lee's business affairs to his new management team and the conclusion of all outstanding arrangements between Lee and ISM have now been successfully completed to the satisfaction of both Lee and ISM," the British sports management group announced on its website this week.

"ISM and Lee have enjoyed a long association and they wish each other every success in the future." the announcement said.

Westwood, who has been struggling with his form since finishing third at the KLM Open in Holland in September, finalised his break from ISM less than a week after finishing tied for 20th at the Turkish Airlines Open, an event won by fellow Englishman Justin Rose.

Along with Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland's one-time Open champion, Westwood was one of Chandler's first signings after the former European Tour player founded ISM in 1989 and the three became close friends.

Along with Clarke, Chandler's stable also counts among its international stars a second former Open champion, Louis Oosthuizen, and until last month, Danny Willett the 2016 Masters Champion.

Westwood has steadfastly refused to comment on the split, calling it a 'personal matter.'

Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.