Tiger Woods makes big move to TaylorMade

Tiger Woods makes big move to TaylorMade

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Tiger Woods makes big move to TaylorMade

ORLANDO – TaylorMade and Tiger Woods jointly announced Wednesday morning that the 14-time major winner signed an endorsement deal with the Carlsbad, Calif., company and will use TaylorMade woods, irons and wedges.

Woods will use a 2016 TaylorMade M2 driver (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei White 70X shaft), a 2017 M2 13-degree fairway wood (Tensei White 90X shaft) and a 2017 M1 19-degree fairway wood (Tensei White 90X shaft). He is not expected to start using TaylorMade irons or wedges this week, according to an official with the company, but plans are in the works for Tiger to start developing new irons with Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s senior director of iron development.

Woods, 41, makes his 2017 debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter and said, “Big decision made. Find out tomorrow. – TW”

The financial terms of the deal between TaylorMade and Woods were not disclosed.

“Our product teams at TaylorMade have a singular focus, to create the best performing golf equipment in the world. We are thrilled that Tiger has chosen to play TaylorMade,” said David Abeles, the company’s CEO. “His impact on the game of golf is undeniable and we are honored to have him part of our team.”

Woods used a TaylorMade M2 driver and TaylorMade M1 fairway woods in December when he returned to competitive golf at the 2016 Hero World Challenge in New Providence, Bahamas. He used his Nike VR Pro irons along with Nike VR Forged wedges, his old Scotty Cameron GSS Newport putter and a Bridgestone B330-S ball.

Woods signed a multi-year endorsement contract with Bridgestone to play the company’s golf balls on Dec. 15.

Tiger is under contract to wear Nike apparel and footwear, but he now joins a TaylorMade Tour staff that includes Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

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