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All of the 2018 sponsor switches and speculation in one place (updated 1/12)

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When the ball drops in Times Square marking a new year, that means one thing in the golf world: sponsor switches. Every year there are a number of players who enter into new contracts, switch equipment sponsors and wear different apparel/footwear. So far in 2018, it seems there is even more shuffling than usual.

To make it easier on everyone, we’re collecting all of the sponsor switches in one article, which we will continue to update as announcements get made and speculation swirls.

Here are the sponsor switches that we’ve confirmed, and the ones that the rumor mill are churning out.

Confirmed

Updated: 1/12/18 at 10:45 a.m.

Via Twitter, JJ Henry has signed an endorsement deal with Ben Hogan Golf and will play their irons, and Stewart Cink will be wearing Ben Hogan Performance Apparel.

Updated: 1/10/18 at 8 p.m.

Updated 1/8/18 at 3:30 p.m.

Anirban Lahiri has officially signed with Callaway, and he will play Callaway metalwoods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey putter and a Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball.

Updated 1/5/18 at 2:00 p.m.

Brian Harman is officially on staff with Titleist. He will play a a bag full of Titleist equipment and use a Pro V1 golf ball.

Sergio Garcia signs a deal with Callaway after being with TaylorMade for 15 years, and he signs an apparel/footwear contract with adidas Golf.

Xander Schauffele signs with Callaway after being with TaylorMade throughout his short professional career, and he also signs an apparel/footwear deal with adidas Golf.

Jason Dufner is no longer in a golf-club contract with Titleist. We spotted him using a TaylorMade M4 driver in Hawaii, but he will continue using a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

LAHAINA, HI – JANUARY 03: Hudosn Swafford of the United States plays a shot during the pro-am tournament prior to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 3, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hudson Swafford signs an equipment deal with Callaway after being with Bridgestone.

Si Woo Kim signs an equipment contract with Callaway, and a footwear-only deal with Nike Golf.

Former long-drive Champion and Web.com Tour player Jamie Sadlowski signs with Cleveland. Here are his driver specs…

Patrick Reed inks an apparel/footwear deal with Nike Golf. Callaway has also confirmed that he is “no longer officially with Callaway.”

Other new Nike apparel/footwear players include Chris Wood, Cameron Champ and Jimmy Stanger. Alex Noren will now be a head-to-toe Nike staffer, while Lee Westwood will be footwear only.

Speculation

LAHAINA, HI – JANUARY 03: Grayson Murray of the United States plays a shot during the pro-am tournament prior to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 3, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Grayson Murray to Cleveland-Srixon? Based on his Srixon hat and Cleveland wedge in the photo above, it’s a distinct possibility.

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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