Masters champion Patrick Reed is well placed to cash in on his green jacket, as he is represented by the same agency who have made fortunes for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Reed signed for the sports arm of Hollywood firm Creative Artists Agency after the last Ryder Cup, as their first and only golf client.
CAA, who also look after the commercial deals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Dele Alli, secured sponsorships with Nike, Hublot and Ultimate Software, despite Reed’s somewhat chequered reputation off the course.
Coincidentally, CAA’s Matthew O’Donohoe, who represents Reed in Europe, was following him around the course on Sunday in the final pairing with Rory McIlroy, as was O’Donohoe’s close friend since Dublin schooldays, Sean O’Flaherty, manager of McIlroy.
The Rooney camp did not want to deflect attention from the tournament so it was decided to honour Wayne’s huge contribution to English football at an autumn international at Wembley.
But Westwood has now reportedly indicated he would prefer to wait for the 2022 edition in Rome. Westwood’s new agents IMG, who manage this year’s Europe captain Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, have no doubt briefed Westwood that it is more lucrative being a European captain on home soil.
The selection for 2020 will be made by the three most recent captains – Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley – plus European Tour CEO Keith Pelley after the 2018 event in Paris. Padraig Harrington will be the clear favourite as the other main contender, Paul Lawrie, has a taciturn personality not suited to the leadership role.
The idea is to follow a team behind the scenes throughout the IPL in the manner of Amazon’s Manchester City project.
It is hoped that Amazon or rivals Netflix will buy the cricket docu-series, which also has the involvement of busy former England captain Michael Vaughan. Netflix are planning an eight-parter with Mumbai Indians this year.
Ellis’ wields axe from afar
Harlequins chief executive Dave Ellis, who sacked director of rugby John Kingston on Monday, wasn’t at the Stoop to watch the 35-5 home defeat by London Irish that led to Kingston’s exit.
Ellis was actually at the global sevens tournament in Hong Kong – widely known as one giant party – rather than at his club’s crucial Premiership game.
Two months ago, Ellis and the board had extended the struggling Kingston’s contract for a further two years and gave new deals to coaches Graham Rowntree and Mark Mapletoft.
Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster and New Zealander Wayne Smith are on the shortlist to replace Kingston.
Gambling firms plan to offer lucrative real-time golf betting – on length of drives, successful putts, etc – and the ruling bodies aim to charge plenty for the digital data that the firms require.