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Golf News – January 5, 2021

Jon Rahm Joins Callaway Golf Tour Staff

CARLSBAD, CA – Today Callaway Golf Company announced that Jon Rahm, the #2 ranked player in the world, has joined its Tour professional staff in a multiyear agreement. As a Staff Pro, he will transition into a full bag of Callaway Woods, Callaway Irons, Callaway Wedges, a Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball, and an Odyssey Putter.

“I’m so happy to be joining Callaway, and I can’t wait to start the year,” Rahm said. “The equipment is already performing well for me, and in my first round with the new setup, I shot a course record 59 at Silverleaf. I have confidence in my new Callaway clubs – and especially the golf ball, which has really impressed me during the testing process.”

Rahm worked extensively with the Company’s Tour Department to dial-in the specs for each of his new clubs. He will officially make his Callaway Staff debut this week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with a bag that includes Callaway Prototype Woods, Callaway Prototype Irons, and a Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has been one of the best players in the game since he turned professional in 2016. He’s already been #1 in the world rankings, earned 12 worldwide victories, competed for the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup team, received the 2019 European Tour Player of the Year award, and won two PGA Tour events in 2020.

Rahm used Callaway and Odyssey equipment at Arizona State University, where he won 11 tournaments while playing for Head Coach Tim Mickelson. Rahm has the second most wins in school history, behind fellow Callaway Staffer Phil Mickelson. He received the Ben Hogan Award as the best college player in the United States in 2015 and 2016, the first golfer to win the award twice, and he was the #1 ranked amateur in the world for a record 60 weeks.

“We’re proud to welcome Jon Rahm as the newest member of our Tour Staff,” said Callaway President & CEO, Chip Brewer. “He’s one of the very best players in the world, and he’s a proven winner on golf’s biggest global stages. We’ve admired Jon for many years, going back to his college days when he first used our equipment. We’re excited to see him playing Callaway and Odyssey again, as he looks to take his game to yet another level.”

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TravisMathew Welcomes Jon Rahm to TravisMathew & Cuater Family

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – TravisMathew is excited to welcome Jon Rahm, one of the most dynamic and exciting players in professional golf, to the TravisMathew and Cuater family. Currently ranked #2 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Rahm will wear TravisMathew apparel both on and off the golf course and will work with the Cuater team to develop custom performance footwear he will wear during competitions later this year.

Jon’s motivation to make the move to TravisMathew apparel and Cuater footwear can be attributed primarily to the signature blend of performance, comfort, and style that each product offers. Both TravisMathew and Cuater are committed to making products that meet the performance requirements of the best players in the world while still delivering the comfort, style, and versatility for wear on and off the course. This was a major draw for Jon as he considered a new apparel and footwear partner.

Early in the discussion, Jon was impressed with TravisMathew’s commitment to sourcing fabrics that deliver the performance benefits he looks for in his golf apparel, but also the casual, lifestyle look he enjoys when not playing. A few of Jon’s favorite items include TravisMathew’s Wanderlust jacket, Heater polo, and Open to Close pant.

Signing a player like Jon Rahm is a huge opportunity for both the TravisMathew and Cuater brands. The companies are eager to introduce their apparel and footwear to new customers both on and off the course.

Not only are TravisMathew and Cuater delivering the lifestyle performance products that will refuel Jon’s overall look, but the two brands align extremely well with Jon Rahm’s personality too. TravisMathew and Cuater are looking forward to helping Jon tell his story, giving fans an inside look into what makes him a champion—and a great guy.

Since joining the PGA Tour in 2016, Jon quickly amassed five PGA Tour wins—including a playoff victory at the 2020 FedEx Cup BMW Championship, five top ten finishes in major championships, and six European PGA Tour wins. Rahm, nicknamed “Rahmbo”, holds the title for the fastest Spanish player in history to win five European Tour Titles and was also a member of the winning 2018 Ryder Cup team. After winning the Memorial Tournament in 2020, Rahm was ranked the world’s number #1 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking for two weeks in July.

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Nippon Shaft Records 23 Victories Worldwide in 2020

CARLSBAD, CA – The year 2020 saw Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series of steel shafts win a total of 23 professional tournaments on prestigious tours worldwide despite the cancelation of many events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MODUS³ series now has racked up 225 victories in 10 seasons on pro circuits around the globe.

The victory breakdown was:

  • PGA Tour – 7
  • European Tour – 5
  • Korn Ferry Tour – 6
  • Champions Tour – 2
  • LPGA Japan – 3

“Nippon Shaft is very proud that male and female players with a variety of swings and styles of play selected Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series of steel shafts as their ‘weapons of choice’ as they pursued excellence against elite competition,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We congratulate all of them on their victories and wish them well in 2021.”

Three shafts accounted for 18 wins – the MODUS³ Tour 120 (7 wins), the Tour 105 (6 wins) and the Tour 130 (5 wins). The Tour 125 had one victory and four Prototype shafts accounted four wins.

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy and trajectory.

Visit Nippon Shaft HERE

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