Sergio Garcia SPLITS with Callaway: "It wasn't the fit we thought..."

Garcia becomes free agent after ending his two-year relationship with Callaway Golf 

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Wed, 15 Jan 2020
Sergio Garcia SPLITS with Callaway: "It wasn't the fit we thought..."

Sergio Garcia has revealed he has ended his two-year relationship with Callaway golf clubs and ball, claiming the partnership "wasn't the fit that we thought it would be for me."

Garcia, speaking ahead of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour, claims he is now a free agent when it comes to golf equipment and ball. 

The 2017 Masters champion joined Callaway from TaylorMade in January 2018, but despite going on to win twice on the European Tour and once in Asia, failed to win a single PGA Tour event with Callaway equipment. 

Garcia was pictured yesterday carrying a bag containing a PING driver, irons, wedges and Anser-style putter, TaylorMade fairway woods, Titleist golf ball and an adidas Golf bag. 

He was also seen wearing his traditional adidas Golf cap, but without the Callaway logo on the side. 

"Unfortunately our relationship with Callaway didn't go further," said Garcia 

"So at the moment I'm a free agent. So I'm playing whatever I feel that - feels best for me or fits me best. That's where we are and that's what I've been working on this Christmas break.

"There's things that happen, and obviously many of the things that Callaway wanted me to do, I couldn't agree to them. Unfortunately we thought the best thing to do was to go our separate ways. It's all good, there's no hard feelings by any side, and these things happen. 

"At the end of the day, what I want to do is go out there and enjoy what  I do, try to do the best of my ability, and they are also trying to get the best equipment they can get. 

"Unfortunately just it wasn't the fit that we thought it would be for me, and you know, we just move on from there."

According to reports, despite all the new PING clubs in the bag, there is no PING deal in place. 

Prior to his deal with Callaway, the Spaniard had spent the best part of 15 years with TaylorMade. 

"We can confirm Callaway did not renew its agreement with Sergio Garcia for the 2020 season," a Callaway spokesperson said. "We parted on great terms and the option for Sergio to carry Callaway equipment in the future remains."

Garcia caused some of the most controversial headlines in 2019 when he was disqualified from the Saudi International for "serious misconduct" by the European Tour when he took his anger out on several putting greens, and also a bunker. 

Despite his actions that week, Garcia has agreed to return to the Saudi International in two weeks' time and has chosen to bypass his entry cheque as a way of apologising for his behaviour. 

"I want to go there, I want to show my respect to them," said Garcia, ahead of competing in the 2020 Saudi International later this month.

He also got involved in a controversial argument with Matt Kuchar during the WGC Match Play over a non-concession.