Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:08 am

Weir rebuilds elbow, and hopefully, career

This time around, former Masters champion Mike Weir went to the mountaintop for advice. Maybe it’ll help hasten his return to the top in his own vocation.

After battling issues in his right elbow for more than a year, during which he has been in an absolute career freefall, Weir had surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., at the hand of renowned arm specialist Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews has rebuilt more arms of major-league pitchers than anybody in the medical profession over the past few years, and did an extensor tendon repair on Weir that will sideline the Canadian hero from 3-6 months, according to IMG, his management company. Weir, one of the classiest acts in the game, is almost certainly finished for the 2011 season.

Weir, 41, has suffered through a nagging ligament issue in the same arm for months, and came back this season to post the most alarming results of his career. Then the left-hander injured himself in the Canadian Open four weeks ago.

“They had really thick rough there,” IMG spokesman Dave Haggith said.

Haggith made a point of noting that it was unclear exactly how Weir injured the elbow, but several players complained that the rough at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club was unusually punitive. Weir was forced to quit after six holes in the second round.

It was first believed Weir had aggravated his old ligament injury, but a follow-up MRI exam with Andrews turned up the previously undiagnosed tendon problem. Weir has skidded to No. 539 in the world rankings – falling to ninth among Canadian players alone -- and has withdrawn or missed the cut in an eye-popping 17 of 20 events starting with the British Open last summer.

South African veteran Tim Clark, like Weir a fixture on Presidents Cup teams and the 2010 champion at the Players Championship, is also facing surgery on his ailing right elbow, an injury that has almost completely ruined his 2011 season.

Category: Golf
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:29 pm

Woods and Steinberg: Too expensive to keep?

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a scenario that some had posed last week, potentially casting aside Tiger Woods as a client won't exactly take a heavy toll at IMG, the sports-management giant that has represented the fading former No. 1 since he turned pro in 1996.

Woods and his agent apparently were too expensive to keep.

According to a report in Sports Business Journal, the income generated by Woods for IMG had fallen to $1.1 million in 2010, after the sex scandal had hit, and that wasn't nearly enough to offset the contract and annnual bonuses of his longtime agent, Mark Steinberg.

Steinberg's contract was up for renewal and last week, but IMG severed ties rather than renew.

IMG agreed to a reduced percentage with Woods on his endorsement earnings, and as his deals disappeared in the wake of his scandal and lackluster play, the income dollars dwindled. The source cited in the SBJ report stated that IMG cleared $7.8 million on Woods' endorsement earnings in 2007 but that the number cratered after the scandals hit and he lost rich deals with Gatorade, AT&T, Accenture and others.

The source told SBJ that Steinberg "would have made about $3 million this year in salary and bonuses, significantly more than the fees Woods would have generated."

Management agencies negotiate the percentage of athletes' endorsement deals that are withheld. The reduced percentage Woods paid to IMG was less than the standard figure, but the management firm made up for it in sheer volume.

Woods hasn't stated whether he will remain with IMG or retain Steinberg as his agent, and Steinberg hasn't announced his future intentions, either, although he was free to do so starting Wednesday, when a stipulation in his IMG contract expired.

An IMG spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Sherry Whay, another longtime IMG agent who represented players such as Chris DiMarco and Retief Goosen in the past, also left the firm.
Category: Golf
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:18 am

Dom and dumber as Kim tours Vegas

He is already famous at age 25, has more money than he can count, lives in a palatial Dallas home with several of his best friends and is conspicuously single.

Anthony Kim lives life like it's an episode of HBO’s Entourage .

That popular show, of course, is fictional. Kim, on the other hand, keeps generating bad pub in real life.

In Las Vegas for the PGA Tour event this week, Kim hit the Strip hard, partying until the late hours, getting a bit too obnoxious and spending a small fortune, according to characterizations in various newspaper and social-media outlets.

Here’s an item from the widely read gossip column of veteran scribe Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal , who has spies all over town that serve up bits of background tid on celebs, politicos and prominent types:

Pro golfer Anthony Kim could use a lesson or two to brush up his gaming table etiquette. His salty language and screaming was so bad that Kim, 25, was asked to tone it down Monday by Bellagio management.

"He is one loose cannon," said a dealer, who said Kim may have set a personal record for F-bombs while playing high-stakes craps over the weekend.

Two years after brilliant Ryder Cup play spurred comparisons to Tiger Woods, Kim is attempting to get his game back on track after thumb surgery in May.Kim and poker superstar Phil Ivey were seated at the same table on Friday, ordering cognac and high-end whiskey.

A DJ at one Vegas hotel Tweeted, "Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with..."

There's Dom and there's dumb. The guy has a right to live his life, if not generally live it up, but in golf, cavorting in such public fashion usually leads to trouble and lost endorsement revenue. Ask Tiger Woods, a Vegas regular who had the good sense to get a private room.

A year ago at the Presidents Cup, Kim was characterized as the new John Daly by veteran Robert Allenby, and the latter certainly didn't mean it in a flattering way. Kim has huge endorsement deals with Nike, which was raked through the mud on the Woods affair, and the conservative Royal Bank of Canada.

Prompting easy speculation given the timing of his bad Vegas publicity, Kim eventually withdrew from the tour event, which begins today, citing continued issues with his wrist, which has bothered him since he returned to the tour three months ago.

An IMG spokesman told Golf.com that the withdrawal and Kim's gaming and nightclub jaunts were unrelated.

Kim couldn't be more affable at the golf course and interacts well with his peers, the media and fans, who enjoy the fact that he shows personality and a degree of animation on a circuit generally manned by robot types. But it doesn't take much to sully a reputation, and being painted as a bottle-tipping Daly-in-the-making ought to serve as a red flag for anybody.

Unlike in golf, that's a flag nobody should be aiming at.

Category: Golf
Tags: dom, IMG, kim, las vegas
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