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Garcia for Els at Titleist

Bob Warters's picture
Thu, 19 Dec 2002


Els - now with Titleist.

Open champion Ernie Els and World No.3, has 'crossed the floor' to join Titleist after rival Sergio Garcia headed the other way to Taylor Made.

Earlier in the year the Spaniard left Titleist and FootJoy to add TaylorMade clubs to his adidas shoe and clothing contract, now the South African winner of three major titles will play Titleist clubs as well as balls and wear FootJoy shoes and glove.

The five year deal starts on January 1 and includes Els' caddie Ricky Roberts, carry a Titleist bag.

Els has won 38 official events worldwide since turning professional in 1989, including 10 US PGA Tour titles. He captured six titles this year, including the Heineken Classic in Australia, consecutive victories at the Genuity Championship, the Dubai Desert Classic, The open at Muirfield and the Cisco World Match Play.

He finished fifth on the 2002 PGA Tour money list with over $3.2 million, finished third with £1.3 million in the Volvo PGA Order of Merit and pocketed another $2million, the richest prize in golf, when he captured the Nedbank Challenge earlier this month.

Wally Uihlein, Acushnet Company's chairman commented, "Ernie Els is a world class player and clearly one of the greatest representatives of the game of golf. We are proud to have him as an ambassador for Titleist and FootJoy brands.

"Ernie has relied upon Titleist golf balls throughout his illustrious career, including his three major championships, and we are delighted that he has elected to play an even larger role in the success of the Acushnet Company family. Our goal is to work with Ernie to develop and provide advanced technology equipment so the probability of him achieving his competitive goals are maximized."

Commented Els: "I am ecstatic about expanding that relationship with the Acushnet working directly with individuals like Steve Mata, Bob Vokey and Scotty Cameron on optimising the equipment that I will be playing."

it will be fascinating to see if Els can reproduce his form with new clubs, while Garcia aims to convert his opportunities into major titles, using the latest TaylorMade irons and driver.

 

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