Is Rose set to leave TaylorMade for relatively unknown brand?November 7, 2018 Golf Equipment
Could the World No. 1 be about to make a shocking equipment change? Equipment editor James Savage explains
We like to refrain from over indulging in speculation and rumour but as Justin Rose said himself: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Those were the World No. 1’s words after his Turkish Airlines Open win when asked if he was set to leave TaylorMade.
So what do we actually know?
Rose’s current contract with TaylorMade runs out at the end of 2018.
The Englishman has been with the brand since he turned pro in 1998 so any split would be with a heavy heart for both parties.
But two significant moves in the golf equipment world have made bumper 14-club deals more of a rarity.
Nike’s departure from the hardware game gave players like Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey the opportunity to use whichever clubs they wanted.
And the separation of TaylorMade and Adidas golf gave the former a lot less cash to throw around.
It essentially resulted in Sergio Garcia leaving TaylorMade for Callaway while keeping his monster Adidas deal intact.
And with the likes of Molinari, Koepka and Patrick Reed winning majors without club deals in place, it increases the lure of a more ‘flexible’ equipment deal.
TaylorMade already have Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm and Jason Day on big contracts so offering Rose a new bumper deal – which matches what he has been offered elsewhere – could be proving difficult.
So who is Justin Rose set to sign with? Find out on the next page…