Following a five month wrangle after TaylorMade-adidas Golf prematurely announced that they were signing charismatic Colombian Camilo Villegas, the Basingstoke equipment and golfwear company has finally revealed its plans for the World No.37.
He will play TaylorMade clubs and the Penta TP golf ball, wear the Burner logo on his cap, carry a TaylorMade staff bag and wear adidas shoes.
In August, Acushnet, which owns the Titleist ProV1 ball, which Villegas was contracted to play until the end of the year, as well as the Cobra branded clubs he used (Titleist subsequently sold the brand to Puma) filed suit in a Massachusetts Court against (TMaG) regarding future comments pertaining to a potential future relationship between them.
All has been quiet since then until at last TMaG is able to announce today that the muscular Villegas, a winner three times on the US PGA Tour, will play the new white-headed Burner SuperFast 2.0 TP driver and recruit athletic golfers around the world to join the 'Burner Brotherhood of Speed.'
Says Villegas: "The brand’s values — speed, power and distance — are a perfect match for my personality. I can’t wait to play the new equipment at the Hyundai Tour Championship this week."
Villegas' aggressive style of play made him an instant sensation when he joined the PGA Tour in 2006- especially for his signature "Spider-Man crouch" when reading putts.
He is one of the latest players to switch to the Penta TP golf ball, the first five-layer Tour ball, which records 18 worldwide Tour victories last year including the 2010 PGA Championship. Born January 7, 1982, Villegas will play a No. 7 Penta TP to honour his birthday.
"Camilo is one of the most exciting and recognizable young players in the world, and his aggressive and athletic style make him a natural fit for TaylorMade-adidas Golf and the Burner brand," said Chuck Presto, senior vice president of global sports marketing. "He has proven that he’s capable of competing and winning at the game’s highest level."