Moynihan lands sponsorship deal with The Arena Group

Gavin Moynihan wants to compete in some of the biggest events in golf and he's now got help in  taking a step closer to that goal by signing sponsorship deal with the global event services giant that runs some of the planet's biggest sporting occasions — The Arena Group.

Moynihan lands sponsorship deal with The Arena Group

Hurley joins DJ at Hambric; Dunne heading for 4SPORTS

Ireland's Walker Cup stars are rapidly being snapped up by agents with Gavin Moynihan going to ISM and Gary Hurley and Paul Dunne also lined up with major management groups.

Hurley joins DJ at Hambric; Dunne heading for 4SPORTS

McDowell decision a reflection of changing tide for agencies and top players

Rory McIlroy is unlikely to have shed a tear in sympathy for Conor Ridge and Horizon Sports Management following the announcement by Graeme McDowell on Sunday night that he's leaving the boutique Irish agency to manage his own affairs.

McDowell decision a reflection of changing tide for agencies and top players

Phelan set for KLM Open debut

Kevin Phelan (GB&I) watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the singles match at the 2013 Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)Waterford Castle’s Kevin Phelan will make his professional debut in this week’s KLM Open at Kennemer.

Phelan joins Chubby Chandler's ISM

Chubby ChandlerAndrew “Chubby” Chandler will be looking after Kevin Phelan when he turns professional after the Walker Cup. Photo: Kenneth E.DennisKevin Phelan will turn professional after the Walker Cup and join former Ireland team mate Alan Dunbar in Chubby Chandler’s ISM stable.

McIlroy facing Sawgrass banana skin

The famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Photo by Craig O’Neal.Rory McIlroy can take his tournament winnings for the past 12 months past the (€8.6m) $10.7 million mark this week. To do so, and to take a stranglehold on the world No 1 ranking he earned for the third time in just nine weeks on Sunday, the kid with the midas touch must win The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Rory and Darren in diplomatic mode

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke at the 2010 Irish Open. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy has always prided himself on his “honesty” and saying what’s on his mind when he’s found himself criticised for past remarks or actions.

Shanghai showdown after "jokes with jabs"

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood in action in Switzerland earlier this year. Credit: www.golffile.ieFormer stablemates Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are set for a tense Shanghai showdown today. But were what Graeme McDowell described as the “jokes with jabs” that they exchanged on Twitter simply the result of a clash of egos or a symptom of a deeper malaise?

New era begins for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy’s website will be relaunched soon. Rory McIlroy’s new management team has starting transforming his world.

And Dublin based Horizon Sports is making sure it doesn’t make the same mistake as Chubby Chandler by hogging the limelight and becoming “celebrity” managers.

McIlroy takes control and seizes his destiny

Gary McDowell, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Gerry McIlroy prepare to fee off for the second round of the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Picture, Stuart Adams, www.golftourimages.comIt’s hard to know which is the bigger story - ‘Rory McIlroy ditches Chubby Chandler ’ or ‘Boutique Irish management company lands another US Open champion.’

The news, broken to Chandler by McIlroy in JFK airport on Wednesday night, came as a shock to the ISM founder. In truth, neither McIlroy’s exodus nor Horizon’s elevation to global player should come as a huge surprise to anyone.

McIlroy shows major courage - but at what cost?

Rory McIlroy and his faithful caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 17th. They made a triple bogey. Picture by Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy showed his major winning spirit as he battled to survive the cut in the US PGA. But it remains to be seen when he will return to action again following the risky shot in Thursday’s first round that almost certainly cost him his chance of a second major victory.

Clarke will only get bigger now - Chubby Chandler

Get in. Darren Clarke is laughing all the way to the bank. Pic: www.golffile.ieDarren Clarke might be thinking of joining WeightWatchers but his manager Chubby Chandler reckons he’s just going to get bigger.

The Big D got a €1m top prize for winning the Open plus a €2.2m bonus for wearing Dunlop Collection clothing.

Darren poised for £2m major bonus

Darren Clarke doesn’t earn a penny for wearing the Dunlop logo unless he wins a major. Picture by Phil Inglis/www.golffile.ieDarren Clarke will pocket a cool £2 million bonus from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley if he lifts the Claret Jung at Sandwich today. Add in the winner’s cheque and it could mean a £3m payout for the Dungannon star before he even starts to think about future endoresement deals.

"Fifth Major? The Players is about 9th or 10th" - Chubby Chandler

Agent Andrew “Chubby” Chandler has defended the decision by world No 1 Lee Westwood and No 7 Rory McIlroy to skip The Players Championship at Sawgrass.

Speaking to CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue ahead of this week’s Avantha Masters in New Delhi, the founder of the International Sports Management (ISM) stable believes the $9.5m event, which will be played from May 12-15, is not the “fifth Major” but only the ninth or tenth most important tournament in professional golf for his players.