It’s the perfect gig — put yourself on your ultra-wealthy brother’s payroll.
That’s what Tim Mickelson has decided to do, he’s out as superstar-in-the-making Jon Rahm’s manager and will be the full-time looper for his famous brother Phil.
The younger Mickelson quit his job as golf coach at Arizona State and was managing Rahm as an employee of Lagardere Sports. Lagardere had acquired Gaylord Sports Management, a company owned by former Arizona State golf coach Steve Loy and his prized player at the time — Lefty.
Loy will take over Rahm and has assigned underlings Jeff Koski for U.S. deals and Jamie Evans will hawk income opportunities for the Spanish mini-volcano in Europe.
Lagardère’s client list has grown from 15 clients to 48 PGA Tour players, including former top-ranked player Luke Donald, who left IMG Golf at the end of 2013.
Lagardère owns Crown Sports Management, an agency based in Sea Island, Ga., and Jeff Sanders Promotions, a Beaverton, Ore., company that manages golf events.
A Forbes magazine list of top agencies from last year lists Lagardère at No. 7, with $1 billion in contracts under management, not far behind No. 5 Excel Sports Management, ( the Great Stiney) with $1.45 billion in contracts and Tiger Woods as one of its clients.
Lagardère’s tennis division represents top players Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.
Looks like an easy decision for Lefty’s brother — give up the up-and-comer and help his high-net-worth brother ride off into the sunset.