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Sergio García says TaylorMade split ‘not only my decision’ as Callaway deal likely

first_imgReuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Sergio García “It wasn’t only my decision,” said García. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end.”Pressed on the reasons for the split, García added: “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, 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, I can live with it. It has been a great year and that’s not going to change.”The same applies to Jon Rahm, who has picked up the European Tour’s rookie of the year award. The 23-year-old has arrived at the Tour’s final event of 2017 ranked No5 in the world.“Never in a million years could I have expected to achieve what I have done,” Rahm admitted. “Top five in the world, fifth in the FedEx Cup, fourth in the Race to Dubai, a Rolex Series win, a champion at Torrey Pines, playing the way I have; I would never have foreseen this at all.“I’m really proud of what has happened this year. I know it is hard to keep it going but hopefully I can keep it going.” Share on Messenger Topics Golf Share on Twitter Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Support The Guardian Justin Rose aiming to pip Tommy Fleetwood at the last in Race to Dubai European Tour Share on Facebook news Share on Pinterest Sergio García has admitted a his split with TaylorMade equipment 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 to news 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. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more