Season of Change: Notable New Club and Apparel Signings

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A new season is underway and many players on the PGA Tour are making changes to the clubs, balls, or clothes they’ll be using this year. Some of the more notable new club and apparel signings are listed below:

New Club and Apparel Signings

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Callaway Clubs

Without a doubt, the biggest name on the change list is Sergio Garcia. He made his mark for years playing TaylorMade equipment and wearing Adidas apparel.

For 2018, while he is sticking with Adidas for his look, Sergio has signed a deal with Callaway. His bag will be filled with Callaway clubs and golf balls. It is worth noting that Garcia and TaylorMade mutually agreed to part ways in November. He had also been spotted playing Callaway clubs at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai prior to the deal being made public.

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed Nike Apparel

Patrick Reed has signed a head-to-toe apparel deal with Nike, the company he first had a deal with before leaving for Callaway in 2013. With Nike no longer in the club market, it’s still uncertain what club manufacturer will land Reed as he is no longer under contract with Callaway.  Stay tuned for more on that front…

KJ Choi

kj choi PING

KJ Choi has signed a deal with PING that will have him playing a minimum of 13 clubs from the manufacturer. These will consist of the G400 driver, fairway woods, hybrid and irons as well as the Glide 2.0 wedges and a Sigma G Piper putter for starters. Known to play a wide variety of club brands over his career, the decision to go with one company shows Choi’s strong confidence in PING as a brand.

Kevin Streelman

Kevin Streelman Wilson

With all of the switches made by players, it’s important to note that Kevin Streelman has signed a two-year extension with Wilson. Originally signed by Wilson in 2011, Streelman has been an important part of Wilson’s Tour feedback staff in regards to products and R & D. Wilson described him as a “trusted advisor” who’s played a key role in the design process of several products over the last 7 years.

Other Notable Signings

  • Jason Dufner signed to Titleist ball, FootJoy shoe, and glove deal. No club deal yet.
  • Francisco Molinari will use Bettinardi putters.
  • Xander Schauffele will play Callaway clubs and wear Adidas apparel.
  • Tyrrell Hatton to don Adidas apparel
  • Jamie Sadlowski signed as a global brand ambassador with Cleveland Golf
  • Brian Harman switches to all Titleist clubs.

Ask a PGA Pro

Rudi Fann, PGA

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.

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