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O’Hair, Henley, Kokrak, Fathauer sign equipment deals with Titleist

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GolfWRX has confirmed that Sean O’Hair, Jason Kokrak, Russell Henley and Derek Fathauer have signed contracts to use Titleist’s golf clubs and balls in 2017.

O’Hair is currently 85th in the Official World Golf Rankings, and the highest-ranked of the new equipment signings. The 34-year-old has four PGA Tour wins on his resume from 2005-2011, and has seen a resurgence in his game in recent years. Last year he made it the Tour Championship, the finale of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, finishing 27th in the standings. He previously used TaylorMade clubs and balls.

Russell Henley, currently 128th in the OWGR, is a two-time PGA Tour winner (2013 Sony Open, 2014 Honda Classic). He was previously using Nike Golf equipment, and will continue to wear Nike Golf shoes and apparel.

Kokrak (89th in the OWGR) was previously signed to Cleveland/Srixon, and Fathauer (180th in the OWGR) was previously signed to Callaway.

Nike Golf staffers Paul Casey, Francesco Molnari, Kevin Tway, Charl Schwartzel and Nick Watney have also signed deals with Titleist to use the company’s golf balls. Fellow Nike Golf staffers Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau and Kyle Stanley are expected to use Titleist golf balls in 2017 as well, but do not have contracts with the company.

Andrew “Beef” Johnston and Rafa Cabrera-Bello have also re-signed to use Titleist’s golf clubs and balls.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. testuser

    Jan 30, 2017 at 1:34 am

    test

  2. Forsbrand

    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    BEEEEEEEEEEF

  3. golfraven

    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I expect some good performance from Henley in 2017. I am sure he and the new folks will get inspired by other Titleist golden boys like Jordan, Adam, Justin, Jimmy, Beef, Dufner, Hass or Na. I think Titleist has really a bunch of good and likable players.

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15

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Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

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Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

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