Justin Rose is now a major champion after winning the U.S. Open. Apparently, now that he has that title forever attached to his name, the agent that he has had for quit sometime is no longer good enough. Rose is switching to Mark Steinberg and Excel Sports Management, who just so happens to represent Tiger Woods.
— Tim Rosaforte (@TimRosaforte) June 20, 2013
As Tim Rosaforte’s tweet mentions, Rose isn’t the first high-profile European golfer to change agents after hitting it big. Rory McIlroy did the same thing back in 2011 when he left longtime agent Chubby Chandler. The move does make sense, even though Rose’s former representation did manage to secure him a boatload of endorsement deals. At the same time, it really has to sting to bring a guy along for so many years only to be left holding the bag just when things are about to really get going.
Justin Rose wins Open, switches 2 Tiger’s agent. You date a virgin for years, marry her, + then Brad Pitt steps in + takes it from there.
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) June 21, 2013
That is the life of a sports agent, I guess. You never know when a client that you have invested a great deal of time and effort into is going to jump ship for what they perceive to be greener pastures. At least he didn’t jump ship to Jay Z and Roc Nation. That would have been absolutely incredible to witness (and, yes, as of right now Jay Z is only licensed in the MLB and NBA).