Wilson keeps Barnes in the fold with new deal
Monday, January 31, 2011
Wilson Golf renewed its endorsement deal with PGA Tour player Ricky Barnes in a move the company hopes will help bridge a younger generation of golfers with its storied past.
The contract keeps Barnes, who finished his second full season on the PGA Tour ranked 75th in the world, in the Wilson stable for another three years.
He will continue to play Wilson Staff FG Tour irons and Wilson Staff FG Tour wedges, carry the red and white Wilson Staff bag and wear the Wilson “engineer” hat through the 2013 season.
According to Wilson, Barnes has been involved in the development of the FG Tour irons and wedges, and will continue to provide feedback – along with fellow endorser Padraig Harrington – regarding design and development of future products.
“(Barnes is) working hard, having fun and playing great,” said Tim Clarke, Wilson Golf’s general manager. “In fact, his play has truly connected with the younger, serious golfer and helped that player connect with our legacy of performance.”
In recent years, the company has emphasized its rich equipment history, especially the fact that Wilson Staff irons have won 61 major championships since 1914.
Barnes finished ranked 16th on the Tour in top 10 finishes with six, and was eighth in birdies (372). His best finishes include a T3 at The Memorial Tournament and two T5s at the Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links and the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. He finished in 64th place in the FedEx Cup standing.