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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
McDowell joins Clarke's stable
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell plays at Slaley Hall this week
McDowell enjoyed a glittering amateur career
Northern Ireland's latest golf professional Graeme McDowell has joined the same management stable as Darren Clarke.

McDowell, who earlier this week moved into the paid ranks after a tremendous amateur career, links up with Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler's International Sports Management group.

The 22-year-old had also been courted by Mark McCormack's International Management Group but he plumped for a stable which also includes Lee Westwood and Paul McGinley.

McDowell will make his pro debut on Thursday in the Great Northern Open at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

And the 22-year-old Walker Cup hero will make his first professional appearance on home soil in next week's Murphy's Irish Open at Forta Island, Cork.

Darren Clarke is one of several top golfers on the books of ISM
Clarke is also managed by ISM

McDowell, from the Rathmore Club at Royal Portrush, has been widely expected to join the paid ranks for the last year but did not commit himself publicly until everything was finalised.

The Portrush golfer said that Clarke's recommendation had played a major part in his decision to joint Chandler's management group.

"It will be good to have the likes of Darren and Lee Westwood around to help look after me," said McDowell.

The Portrush player has had an outstanding amateur career over the last couple of years, both in Ireland and in the United States.

He has just completed a three-year degree at the University of Birmingham in Alabama and was one of the top amateur players in the States during his stay there.

Back home, McDowell won the Irish Amateur title as well as the North and South of Ireland Championships.

And, of course, there was his impressive performance for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team alongside fellow Ulsterman Michael Hoey, of Shandon Park.

Coincidentally, the Irish Open at Fota Island next week will also be Hoey's first appearance in Ireland as a professional.

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