Justin Rose is expected to leave TaylorMade and sign a new golf equipment deal with Honma Golf in 2019, according to a number of golf media reports published this week.
Rumours surfaced several weeks ago on GolfWRX, with a number of their members claiming to have already learned of an upcoming deal.
The current World No.1 (albeit until the end of this week), who was recently crowned FedEx Cup champion, is expected to leave the brand he has spent 20 years of his professional career playing golf with in TaylorMade.
At least that’s the contention of media reports from MorningRead.com, The Sun and the Irish Times.
According to those reports, Rose was asked after his win at Sunday’s Turkish Airlines Open whether the much swirled about rumours of a new equipment deal were true, to which the Englishman replied: "Where there’s smoke, there’s fire."
Rose is expected to join forces with the luxury Japanese golf equipment brand at the start of January 2019.
Reports claims that Rose's agent Mark Steinberg has yet to respond to requests for clarification on his endorsement contracts for 2019, and a Honma official has also declined to comment.
Honma Golf recently revealed that former TaylorMade CEO Mark King (1999-2013) will be joining the brand, albeit running their operation in North America.
TaylorMade currently has a number of star players in its roster, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Jon Rahm.