Ping signs World No.1

After Cabrera claims major, Gainsborough club-makers sign women's top player

Bob Warters's picture
Thu, 28 Jun 2007

It has been quite a scorching June for club manufacturers Ping, which has bases in Arizona and Gainsborough, Lincs. Less than a fortnight after Angel Cabrera became the first player to carry a set of Ping irons to a major title in the US Open at Oakmont, the company has signed women's World No.1 Lorena Ochoa on a long term endorsement contract.

Ochoa, from Mexico, has played Ping equipment since she was 15 years old but has signed an agreement, effective from this week when she competes at the US Women’s Open in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She won her third event of the season at last weekend’s Wegmans LPGA and will carry a Ping-branded bag and use a minimum of 11 Ping clubs, including a Rapture driver, S58 Irons, a Rapture 5-wood, a Rapture 21-degree hybrid and Ping Tour wedges.

“The addition of Lorena to our staff brings tremendous excitement to our LPGA team and our brand, say Ping CEO John Solheim. “She’s been loyal to us for 10 years and we’re excited to make her an official member of our team.”

Since turning pro in 2002, the 25-year-old has compiled 12 LPGA wins.

Cabrera relied on a Rapture driver, to average 310 yards off the tee during the US Open and crashed one tee shot over nearly 400 yards on the 667-yard 12th hole. He also used S58 irons to also rank third in greens-in-regulation. On the tricky greens he used a Ping Redwood Anser putter.



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