Ping renews deals with top Tour players

Bubba Watson eyes his putt on the fourth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Atlanta.

Bubba Watson eyes his putt on the fourth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Atlanta.

In a major move keeping the core of its Tour staff intact, Ping announced Sept. 19 the re-signing of three of its marquee endorsers: Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen.

All three players have been members of the Ping team their entire professional careers.

Their new deals require each of them to play a minimum of 11 Ping clubs, including a Ping driver and putter. In addition, the staffers are required to wear a Ping hat and carry a company staff bag. The terms of the endorsement contracts were not disclosed.

Westwood has won 40 times internationally and will play on his eighth European Ryder Cup team this week. Watson’s status as a fan favorite reached a new level in April as he earned his first major with a victory at the Masters. Oosthuizen’s resume lists nine career wins, including the 2010 Open Championship.

“Personally, it has been gratifying to watch these men progress in their careers and fulfill the potential they first showed at very young ages,” said John A. Solheim, Ping chairman and CEO, in a written statement. “… We’re proud to have played a role in helping them reach an elite level by providing them with custom-fit equipment, and supporting them on tour. They are wonderful global representatives for our brand.”

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