NORTON, Mass. – Martin Kaymer has been competing this year with a logo on his hat that looks conspicuously different from anyone else in the world’s top-50.
The “swirl” design is the logo of Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Kaymer is a member along with many other PGA Tour pros.
But in a world where so many elite players are paid big figures to wear sponsored gear, one question remains: Why?
“It's not always about the money, you know. I want to feel comfortable,” explained Kaymer, who jumped from 103rd to 90th in the FedEx Cup points standings to advance to this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. “It's not a matter of not finding a sponsor. It's just a matter of the right fit. I would like to work with people or – I don't really call them sponsors, but like a partner. And if we have the same interests and the same goals, then it will be a good fit. But it's not that easy to find.”
Kaymer admitted that while the club is not sponsoring him on Tour this season, they did furnish the hat for free.