TaylorMade split after 15 years ‘not only my decision’ – García
Sergio García has admitted his split with TaylorMade was not solely of his own volition, with the 2017 Masters champion hinting riches bestowed on other players impacted on contract negotiations. García will use Callaway clubs in this week’s DP World Tour Championship, with a formal agreement imminent.
The circuit reacted with surprise that García, fresh from a first major success and after 15 years with TaylorMade, was on the lookout for a new equipment supplier. TaylorMade separated from its parent company, Adidas, in May. Around the same time Rory McIlroy signed a 10-year contract with the company worth a potential $100m while Tiger Woods became a TaylorMade player in January.
“It wasn’t only my decision,” said García. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end.
“All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after eaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”
Asked if he had signed with Callaway, García said: “Not yet. But at the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones.
“I would say the most difficult thing to fit into your game would be the ball, when you have played with one for quite a while. With what we have been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the course and trying it in tournament play. If there are any changes that need to be made then we have time in the off-season to get it sorted out. Hopefully, we won’t have to.”
García’s apparent indifference towards taking the European Tour’s order of merit title has been a recurring theme in recent times. The 37-year-old would win the Race to Dubai should he prevail at this tournament and if Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose falter. Yet, again yesterday, García rather shrugged off such an outcome. He had earlier refused to add extra events to his schedule in a bid to make up ground on the top two.
“Winning the Race to Dubai would be great but I’m not going to change my whole life for it,” he said. “I’m happy finishing second, third, fourth or wherever I finish at the end of the week.
“What I’m going to do is go out there and try to do the same as every other week, which is play the best I can and give myself the best option of winning this week. I can’t control what other people do. Tommy and Justin are playing really well.
“So I’m not expecting them to finish 40th or 50th. To be totally honest, I see a 2% chance of me winning the Race to Dubai. But I’m fine with it.”
Sergio García said he is not going to change his whole life in order to win the Race to Dubai and is happy with ‘third, fourth or wherever’