There is no loyalty among...well, let's just say that Ken Kennerly was mighty surprised a few weeks back when he found out via the mail that Lee Janzen, his star client and close friend, was leaving Jack Nicklaus's Golden Bear Sports Management to join Leader Enterprises.
Janzen had followed Kennerly, who once was the executor of his estate, to Golden Bear in March 1994. "I'm disappointed, but business is business, unfortunately," said Kennerly.
Most of Janzen's contracts are performance-based, and as a three-time winner this year who's No. 2 on the money list, he stands to cash in big-time. Why the switch? Janzen feels he's ready for an even bigger time. Leader represents golfers Payne Stewart and Paul Azinger, as well as players and coaches in other sports.
Janzen's defection is just the latest for Golden Bear, which also has seen Dottie Mochrie and Tony Jacklin leave in recent years. The biggest names now represented by the firm are Nicklaus and Hale Irwin.
Golden Bear wasn't the only sports management company to lose a star client. International Management Group took a hit last week when Michael Campbell, the up-and-comer from New Zealand who led the British Open after three rounds, bolted to Masters International, which also manages the career of Nick Price.
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