Rory Sabbatini is swinging TaylorMade
After parting ways with Nike Golf at the end of the 2007 season, Rory Sabbatini signed an endorsement deal with Adams Golf. It seemed like a natural fit for the South African, who now lives in Southlake, Texas, which is about 30 miles from the Adams Golf headquarters in Plano.
But a little more than a year later, Sabbatini's name is nowhere to be seen on the Adams Golf Web site, and his bag continues to have a large Nerf logo on it. (That's right, the company that makes foam footballs and the mini basketball hoop you hooked over your door as a kid.)
At the end of 2008, and earlier this season, Sabbatini had a mixed bag of clubs, including a Callaway FT-9 driver. But this week, prior to the start of the WGC-CA Championship, he agreed to a deal with TaylorMade.
On Thursday Sabbatini wore a TaylorMade hat and used 10 of the company's clubs. The Burner driver he played with does not have movable weights, but don't be surprised if he starts using an R9 driver in the coming weeks after he has a chance to find the ideal weight and face-angle settings. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Darren Clarke, Sean O'Hair and Pat Perez have all recently made the switch and are using the R9 this week.
Here is a complete list of the clubs in Sabbatini's bag this week at Doral:
Driver: TaylorMade Burner (9.5°)
Fairway woods: TaylorMade R9 (13°)
Hybrids: Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°, 20°)
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade rac (56°, 60°)
Putter: Odyssey Black Series I #9
Ball: Callaway Tour i
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