Mickelson Titleist Part Ways on Equipment Deal

By Adam BarrSeptember 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
Phil Mickelson, who once touted the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball as the biggest thing since steel shafts replaced hickory and implied that the equipment he played was better than that used by Tiger Woods, has parted company with Titleist more than a year before his endorsement deal was up, reports Golfweek magazine.
 
Mickelson joined Titleist in 2000 after a long tenure with Yonex. After his win at the Masters, a second-place finish at the U.S. Open and a third at the British Open, Mickelson reportedly wanted to renegotiate his equipment endorsement contract. The deal, which was worth $4 million per year, including incentives, was scheduled to expire after December 2005. Titleist reportedly refused to alter the deal midstream, and agreed to a mutual separation.
 
Neither Mickelson, his agent Steve Loy of Gaylord Sports, could be reached for comment. A Gaylord press official confirmed only that Mickelson and Titleist had parted company. Wally Uihlein, chief executive of Titleist parent Acushnet, was also unavailable for comment.
 
Many in the golf industry, even those close to Mickelson, were surprised by the suddenness of Mickelsons departure from Titleist. Almost from the moment he joined the staff, Mickelson was one of the brands chief cheerleaders, claiming that the Pro V1 added 20 or more yards to his drives. Mickelson also appeared frequently in ads for Titleist and FootJoy, Acushnets market-leading shoe and glove brand.
 
When he signed in November 2000, Mickelson was already playing a Titleist ball and wearing FootJoy shoes and gloves. He added Titleist clubs and carried a Titleist bag when his five-year deal with Titleist took effect in January 2001.
 
Brian Hewitt helped report this story.
 
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.