Monday, July 25, 2011

Wait, Why is Chubby Chandler Telling the World His Client Was Nearly Broke?

If you haven't seen it by now, check out the Daily Mail's story about Darren Clarke's financial struggles before his win at this month's British Open championship.

Clarke had taken some hits financially, but made nearly $5 million with the win and a sponsor's bonus, and is in a good spot now considering he will be landing more money and fees because of that little Claret Jug he will now be sporting in his trophy case.

The source of all this information? Clarke's manager, Chubby Chandler, the god of golf these days. While Chandler seems like a great guy, and everyone that works with him loves him, isn't it a little strange that a manager would be telling the world about his client's financial situations?

The idea behind a manager is to always make things look good for your clients. Tiger Woods has an agent that has spent countless hours trying to do his best to dig up the same amount of money Tiger was landing before all his personal problems floating to the surface, and there is no chance any word would leak about the current balance of Tiger's checkbook. So while I'm sure Chandler was just highlighting how important a win like this one must have been for Clarke, going around telling everyone that your client, and friend, was nearly at a zero balance can't be good for either party.

It just seemed like a strange person to be reporting such news. But, still, Clarke and Chandler are the winners here, again. The only financial problems Clarke is going to have now is that 2 AM bar tab.

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