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Golf: WME/IMG acquires Icon; represents Stenson, Poulter

WME/IMG acquired Icon Sports Management, whose clients include Ian Poulter (pictured) and Henrik Stenson. Photo: AFP.

WME/IMG has acquired Icon, whose clients include Ian Poulter (pictured) and Henrik Stenson. Photo: AFP.

February 19, 2015: WME/IMG announced the acquisition of golf talent agency Icon Sports Management on Thursday, strengthening the company’s roster of sports clients and golf expertise.

 

WME/IMG’s golf division will absorb Icon’s golf client, consulting and hospitality business, which was led by President and CEO R.J. Nemer, the agency’s founder.

 

Icon represents World No. 2 Henrik Stenson and Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, as well as PGA Tour winners including Fred Funk (eight wins), Carl Pettersson (five), Kevin Streelman (two) and more. It also serves Mutual of Omaha and other major corporate clients.

 

Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf at IMG, said: “Together with our partners at WME, we are delighted to welcome R.J. Nemer and key members of his team to our group. Over the past two decades, Icon has blossomed into a premier agency with the respect of everyone in the golf industry. Today’s announcement further signals the growth that our golf division has enjoyed recently and we are excited to carry this momentum through 2015 and beyond.”

 

Nemer, who will continue to represent Stenson, Poulter and others on a global basis, will become IMG’s Senior Vice President and Head of Golf Clients, Americas, and oversee IMG men’s and women’s golf clients. In this new role, he’ll be responsible for expanding and managing IMG’s golf client base in North America. He and key members of the Icon staff will work from the IMG office in Cleveland.

 

Nemer said: “We’re tremendously excited to leverage the collective strengths of our combined team as we continue to grow our brand both nationally and globally. I am particularly pleased that we will be based in Northeast Ohio, where the innovative and inspirational Mark McCormack – a personal hero of mine – planted the seed for what has become a global industry.”

 

In the last 14 months, IMG has added top-ranked golf clients including four-time PGA Tour winner and Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, current World No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama and Lydia Ko, the current women’s World No. 1

 

Additional signings include 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, major champion Cristie Kerr, former No. 1 female amateurs Brooke Henderson and Minjee Lee, and rising European Tour players Renato Paratore of Italy, Eddie Pepperell of England and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

 

Source: IMG (www.img.com); Editing by SportAsia

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