Westwood extends deal with Ping


Lee Westwood, the world’s No. 4-ranked golfer, signed a multi-year contract to continue playing Ping golf equipment, it was announced on Tuesday.

Westwood, who recently captured the Dubai World Championship to clinch the year-long Race to Dubai title, has played Ping clubs since the mid-1980s. The European Tour’s leading money winner for 2009, Westwood carded a course-record 64 in the final round at Dubai and cruised to a six-shot victory.

Westwood’s entire bag was stacked with Ping clubs, including a G10 driver, i15 3-wood, Rapture V2 5-wood, i10 irons and Redwood Anser putter.

“It’s been an amazing year all around,” said Westwood from Los Angeles, where he’s scheduled to compete in the Chevron World Challenge this weekend. “My two wins and the consistency I showed to become Europe’s No. 1 player again clearly make this my best year to date. To extend my agreement with Ping at the same time brings me great comfort going forward as I look to continue my momentum into 2010.”

A six-time Ryder Cup participant, Westwood posted 11 top-10 finishes in 2009, including a tie for third at the Open Championship and PGA Championship. The 36-year-old Englishman has never won a major, but has 31 victories worldwide since turning professional in 1993.