JACKSONVILLE, FL — IMG, the sports management agency representing Tiger Woods for the last 12 years – has dumped him!
“He is no longer with IMG,” company spokesman Jim Gallagher said.
IMG announced a reorganization of its golf division Tuesday evening, with Tiger Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg getting the heave-ho. The move means Tiger will be leaving Cleveland-based IMG, which has represented him his entire career.
Tiger will now be represented by a new team: Kat tthe Pimp and Rachel Uchitel.
Rachel Uchitel will be managing his game:
Kat the Pimp will be handling Tiger’s personal affairs:
Tiger was negotiating a new deal with IMG when talks broke down, according to two officials aware of the discussions. Tiger slammed a golf club through the window in the conference room. “That pretty much sealed the deal,” an IMG spokesman said.
Officials said Woods and fellow IMG golfer, Annika Sorenstam, would be free to leave IMG and stay with Steinberg if they wanted. Woods said he’d rather be with Uchitel and the Pimp. “I feel more comfortable hanging with them. They are focused on improving my game – on and off – the course,” Tiger said.
Tiger did, however, spend last night with Annika Sorenstam. They comforted each other in a Holiday Inn in Bethesda, Maryland. They went even par on the first four holes.
Tiger said, “It’s been a great relationship with IMG. I had a chance to go through a lot of … basically my entire professional career and learn a lot about the business. But now I’m really ready to party and Rachel and Katt will help me do that.”
Woods has a close relationship with Steinberg, a reserve on the Illinois basketball team that went to the Final Four in 1989. If he were to leave IMG and stay with Steinberg, it likely would not make much of a difference in his golf schedule or even his endorsements, as Steinberg did most of that work.