Tay­lorMade split af­ter 15 years ‘not only my de­ci­sion’ – Gar­cía

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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’

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