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2018 PGA Tour Equipment Contract Changes

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The one big name to announce a change so far has been Sergio Garcia going to Callaway

 

Jason Duffner is playing a new TMAG driver, but is doing so without a contract

 

Per JWall, Patrick Reed is now a Nike apparel staffer, and is no longer listed on the Callaway Tour Staff, so his equipment future is unknown.

 

Post any other changes in this thread!

 

Edit:  Jonathan Wall will be post updates within this article as they are made known  https://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2018/01/04/equipment-changes-for-2018.html

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Yeah, this is always fun to follow.

 

I saw Patrick Reed on the GC this morning talking up his Nike deal, basically he wears Nike 24/7 no matter if it's golf, working out, kicking it around home or out casually, and has all sorts of all-weather Nike stuff for the early season tournaments. 

 

Didn't go into his club details though that I saw. 

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Also another signing of a different interest is PXG with Anna Nordquist and Katherine Kirk  :blush:

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Duf with the TM driver. That's interesting.

 

 

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Here is the latest from Wall:

 

Callaway

Sergio Garcia (formerly with TaylorMade)
Xander Schauffele (TaylorMade)
Si Woo Kim (TaylorMade)
Hudson Swafford (Bridgestone)
 
Titleist
Brian Harman (TaylorMade)
 
Bettinardi
Francesco Molinari (Free agent)
 
Cleveland/Srixon 

Jamie Sadlowski (Callaway) 

Grayson Murray* (Callaway)
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Surprise to me was Xander Schauffele.  He won twice last year, including the Tour Championship and earned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Honors with TaylorMade.  Switched to Callaway!!  Must have been a boat load of money to make that switch, or TM has really cut back their sponsorship funds this year as part of a cost cutting move.

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Surprise to me was Xander Schauffele.  He won twice last year, including the Tour Championship and earned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Honors with TaylorMade.  Switched to Callaway!!  Must have been a boat load of money to make that switch, or TM has really cut back their sponsorship funds this year as part of a cost cutting move.

 

He readily admitted that it was about the $$.

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, LLC announced that J.J. Henry has signed an endorsement deal with the Company.  Henry had played with Ben Hogan Golf Equipment earlier in his career.

 

Henry will play a variety of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment.  He will playing PTx mid and short irons and Ft. Worth Hi-Utility Irons. Henry will also have a Ben Hogan Golf Equipment staff bag. 

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Kinda surprised to see Hogan enter the tour endorsement market considering how close they have come to closing their doors just recently.

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Jason Duffner is gaming Mizuno JPX 900 Tour Irons without a contract #PlayedNotPaid

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Srixon just put out a teaser. Looks like a Ernie Els is joining their staff

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That would be a good move to Ernie. Still get to play whatever Woods and putter you want. Seems like a great deal for a tour pro.

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Wow Patrick Reed looks different in Nike. They are making a huge run at putting good players in their clothing. Looks like Reed is using his old Nike irons and woods. I would love to see him play Mizzy clubs and win with them like a few other guys have done.

 

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I'm pretty sure I saw a Bettardini Facebook post stating that Li Haotong is now a member of their Tour staff, with the rest of his bag being TM gear of course.

 

http://www.golfwrx.com/485722/haotong-li-joins-bettinardis-tour-staff-will-play-an-ss3-mallet-putter/

 

I'm surprised that Reed didn't stay with Callaway whilst wearing Nike clothes, in the same vein as Thomas Pieters and Alex Noren. He's currently using Nike clubs in the bag as well.

 

I'm glad that Hudson Swafford is going to Callaway - the guy's a beast off the tee and has been playing well during the 2017 season.

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It is interesting to see what the players without a contract are putting in the bag.  There are some unusual combinations when a pro can choose every club in the bag.  The sponsored players bags are generally very boring.  

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Where does Tommy Fleetwood end up if he has another stellar year? I can't believe he hasn't been signed yet.

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Where does Tommy Fleetwood end up if he has another stellar year? I can't believe he hasn't been signed yet.

 

He and Brooks Koepka (wrist injury aside) are easily the two biggest free agents.  

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