December 4 2013
With less than a month to go before the end of the year, the equipment rumor mill appears to be picking up steam. On Wednesday morning, Golf Digest South deputy editor Barry Havenga tweeted that four-time major winner Ernie Els will depart Callaway at the end of the year -- his contact was set to expire -- for a new equipment company.
Ernie Els leaving Callaway end of 2013. Will play equipment/wear apparel from 4 different brands – owned by 1 company. There's your clue...— Barry Havenga (@LooseImpediment) December 4, 2013
While it's unclear where he's headed, Havenga dropped interesting hint, noting that Els will "play equipment/wear apparel from 4 different brands – owned by 1 company."
Over the course of the last few months, Els has tested new equipment, including UST Mamiya's Recoil graphite shafts at the Asian Tour's Venetian Macau Open; Titleist's Pro V1x golf ball at the Presidents Cup and Venetian Macau Open; and TaylorMade's Lethal golf ball at the CIMB Classic.
Going off Havenga's tweet, there's reason to believe TaylorMade, which refused to comment on Els' future, could be a potential landing spot. TMaG, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, is comprised of four equipment and apparel companies -- TaylorMade, adidas, Ashworth and Adams Golf.
Els also spent a portion of his career as a TaylorMade staffer, winning the 1997 U.S. Open and 2002 British Open with the company. And then there's the fact that Els played the Lethal ball at the CIMB Classic in October.
Wherever Els is heading, his move should become official at the beginning of 2014, which means golfers have another month to predict where the South African lands.