2012 Division I PING First-Team All-American and First Team All-SEC golfer Blayne Barber has decided to give up playing for the Auburn Tigers in favor of playing professional golf.  He has signed with IMG Worldwide for worldwide management and marketing representation.

“I’ve been weighing this decision for a few months and had the belief and confidence in my game to turn pro now,” said Barber, a native of Lake City, Florida. “Playing golf professionally has always been a dream of mine and I’m very thankful to Coach Clinard and my teammates at Auburn for my experience there. I’m very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with IMG to make the most of it.”

“As a First-Team All American this year, and All Nicklaus Team honoree, Blayne Barber is a very prominent player in one of the most promising generations of collegiate golfers that the game has seen,” said Clarke Jones, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas, IMG Golf. “We’re excited to welcome him to the IMG team and look forward to helping him develop into a champion at the professional level.”

Steve Elling of CBSSports.com recently asked if anyone is left at “IMG’s capacious golf offices in Cleveland.”  The signing of Barber is IMG’s response to what Elling said was a rhetorical question.