TaylorMade announced on Monday that they have decided to split ways with Sergio Garcia, who has been sponsored by the company for 15 years. They stated that the parting of ways was mutually agreed upon and they released the Spaniard from the remaining years of his contract.
“It has been an honor to play a role in his performance throughout his career, including THE PLAYERS, 19 worldwide wins, Ryder Cup heroics and his 2017 Masters win,” said a TaylorMade spokesperson. “We congratulate Sergio on a career year and wish him all the best for the future.”
Garcia has been with TaylorMade since 2003 when he switched over from Titleist. Within those years of partnership, he rose to as high as second in the Official World Golf Ranking and won 19 times internationally, including the Players and his first major victory.
With the reigning Masters champion released from his club sponsorship, Sergio becomes a free agent and available to choose new sticks for the new season. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise though, as Garcia has been testing out a few different clubs since the FedExCup Playoffs began with whispers of him joining Callaway. He was seen competing in the Dell Technologies Championship with a Toulon putter (which is owned by Callaway) as well as a Callaway Mack Daddy wedge at the British Masters just weeks ago.
The company was recently acquired by KPS Capital Partners and with the addition of Rory McIlroy to the team, it seems like TaylorMade is trying to scale back and focus on the younger talent. Not to mention they signed an endorsement deal with Tiger Woods earlier this year, and even though he’s not currently playing, just like Bridgestone, TaylorMade knows his worth.
Sergio must've just found out that Tiger signed with TaylorMade
— Golf Problems (@GolfProblems_) October 9, 2017
With Garcia coming off of a hot season, it’ll be interesting to see which clubs he chooses and how that will affect his performance in the upcoming year.