Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters champion, and TaylorMade Golf have parted methods. The gear firm on Monday launched a one-paragraph assertion that acknowledged their affiliation had ended.
“As we speak, after a memorable 15-yr partnership with Sergio Garcia, we’ve got mutually agreed to a launch from the remaining years of his TaylorMade contract,” the assertion learn. “It has been an honor to play a task in his efficiency all through his profession, together with The Gamers Championship, 19 worldwide wins, Ryder Cup heroics and his 2017 Masters win. We congratulate Sergio on a profession yr and need him all one of the best for the longer term.”
Garcia had just lately used a TaylorMade M2 driver, M1 fairway woods, P750 irons, Milled Grind wedges and a TP5 ball. Garcia, ranked No. eleven within the Official World Golf Rating, additionally endorses SuperStroke grips and wears Adidas footwear and attire.
A spokesman for Adidas Golf informed Golfweek that it appears ahead to persevering with its relationship with Garcia. Adidas agreed in Might to promote TaylorMade Golf to KPS Capital Companions, LP for $425 million.
Even with Garcia gone, TaylorMade’s endorsement secure is filled with massive-identify gamers together with Justin Rose, Jason Day, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Jon Rahm, who like Garcia is from Spain, signed with TaylorMade earlier than the 2016-17 PGA Tour season and has leapt to No. 5 on the planet.
It’s extremely unlikely that Garcia, 37, top-of-the-line ballstrikers of his era, would stroll away from his relationship with TaylorMade until he has one other endorsement deal ready. Garcia may need offered a clue about his plans in September on the Dell Applied sciences Championship. Garcia slammed his putter in frustration on a sprinkler head, damaging it and forcing him to putt with different golf equipment. That putter was a prototype by Toulon Design, which is a part of Callaway Golf – the episode may point out that Garcia and the Carlsbad, Calif. clubmaker have quietly developed a relationship.
From an endorsement standpoint, Garcia could possibly be particularly interesting as he garners consideration in April because the defending Masters champion. It may be a problem for a brand new relationship to settle in followers’ minds every time a star modifications manufacturers, however any upcoming protection within the buildup to the Masters might assist construct the affiliation between a model and Garcia.