Westwood, Watson & Oosthuizen Renew PING Sponsorship Deals
By Community | September 21, 2012
Golf’s top elite players, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen have all inked new multi-year contracts with equipment brand, PING.
Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen – fourth, seventh, and 11th, respectively, in the latest Official World Golf Ranking – have all been with PING their entire pro careers. Each comes into this week’s Tour Championship high on the FedExCup points list.
“Personally, it has been gratifying to watch these men progress in their careers and fulfill the potential they first showed at very young ages,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Success in this sport is tremendously hard to achieve, and to sustain their high level of play over many years is a testament to how hard they work, which enables them to get the most out of their unique talents. We’re proud to have played a role in helping them reach an elite level by providing them with custom-fit equipment, and supporting them on tour. They are wonderful global representatives for our brand.”
As part of the agreements, all three men will wear a PING hat, carry a PING staff bag and play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a PING driver and PING putter. Financial terms and the length of the agreements were not disclosed.
Lee Westwood, said: “I’ve played PING clubs for 27 years, and I’ve been associated with the company my whole career, so we have a comfort level that has contributed to my success. I rely on PING clubs because the quality and performance are so consistent, and that gives me confidence. And no matter which corner of the world I am playing in, the people at PING are always there for me, which puts me at ease.”
“PING is family to me,” said Watson, 33, who has played PING clubs since he was a teenager. “The people there root for me, and they make great equipment that is built perfectly for my swing, down to the smallest detail. I have some unique specs, and they always deliver what I need to perform my best. It takes a partnership to succeed out here, and the people at PING have the same attitude I do – that we’re a team.”
“My relationship with PING is built on trust and loyalty, and after so many years, they not only know my needs, they anticipate them,” Oosthuizen commented. “I like to try all of PING’s new products right away, and the PING guys on tour are great at fine-tuning the equipment to fit my game. I switched to the new Anser driver because it takes a strength of mine and makes it even better. They always seem to know what will help me improve, so I have a lot of faith in what they do for me.”