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Bridgestone, Bryson DeChambeau “end their brand ambassador partnership” after 6 years

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Bryson DeChambeau, who recently joined LIV Golf for more than $125 million in a “business decision,” will no longer be a brand ambassador for Bridgestone Golf, according to a statement from a Bridgestone representative.

In April 2016, DeChambeau signed a golf ball and glove deal with Bridgestone ahead of his PGA Tour debut at the 2016 RBC Heritage. Since then, DeChambeau has exclusively played Bridgestone golf balls, and he signed a contract extension in 2020. Most recently, DeChambeau has been using a Bridgestone Tour B X golf ball.

While GolfWRX has not yet confirmed whether DeChambeau will play a Bridgestone golf ball going forward, a Bridgestone representative confirmed on Tuesday that DeChambeau and Bridgestone have agreed to end their partnership.

“The PGA Tour is an extremely important part of professional golf, and Bridgestone has a sports marketing relationship with this highly visible series of tournaments,” a Bridgestone representative said in a statement to GolfWRX. “In considering that Bryson DeChambeau will no longer be participating in these events, Bridgestone and Bryson have agreed to end their brand ambassador partnership.”

DeChambeau is set to tee up his golf ball on Thursday at The 2022 Open Championship at St Andrews, but he has not yet confirmed publicly what golf ball brand he will use at the event.

GolfWRX’s on-site reporters will seek to confirm what golf ball DeChambeau is using at The 2022 Open Championship. We’ll update you with further details as they become available.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Jordan

    Jul 13, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Terrible hypocrites, never buying Bridgestone again

    • Peter

      Jul 13, 2022 at 10:16 am

      How are they hypocrites?
      They signed a deal based on him being a PGA player – and being a PGA player requires you to play in a minimum of 15 events, events that will all be televised. Now that he’s in LIV he’s only playing 8 events (plus maybe 3 majors, max), that aren’t even on conventional television. Its a huge drop in exposure, they basically spell it out in their statement

      • Jordan

        Jul 13, 2022 at 11:06 am

        I am talking about Bridgestone…. There are hundreds of ways that Bridgestone does business in Saudia Arabia or needs Saudi Arabia for their business. This is just a convenient way to look good but still stink like crap.

        Why make a golfer be held accountable when the President is begging the Saudi’s for gas? Hold the elected officials accountable before private citizens trying to play golf.

      • Jordan

        Jul 14, 2022 at 12:19 am

        Bridgestone does millions if not billions of dollars with the Saudis…

        If it’s exposure, you can adjust… clearly that wasn’t the real reason.

    • david

      Jul 13, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      I will now buy nothing but Bridgestone. Hope LIV dies a quick death

  2. Brooks

    Jul 13, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Good. Bryson is a boat anchor for that brand.

  3. Jordan

    Jul 13, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Yeah I won’t be buying Bridgestone again… what a joke. I guess they don’t use uber, drive cars with gasoline or electric cars with lithium either… idiots and hypocrites.

  4. Deacon Blues

    Jul 12, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Good for Bridgestone! Srixon, you’re on the clock for Koepka and GMac (and Hideki if the rumors are true).

  5. Steve

    Jul 12, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Lets see if Titlist and Taylormade, Callaway follow suit with other players….still waiting for Masters to step up and not allow LIV players in…knowing the Masters is run by a bunch of Billionaires it is more likely to stage a LIV tournament?

    • Chuck

      Jul 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      “…Titleist…”

      Peter Uihlein is now a LIV player. So that, uh, would be interesting.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

From the seller: (@lasallen): “For sale is a BRNR mini 11.5 deg head only in brand new condition.  $325 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made.

From the seller: (@DLong72): “Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made. ?: $1150. ?? 100% milled collectors item from the limited releases commemorating when Ping putters won every major in 1988 (88 putters made). This was the model Seve Ballesteros used to win the 1988 Open Championship. Condition is brand new, never gamed, everything is in the original packaging as it came. Putter features the iconic sound slot.

Specs/ Additional Details

-100% Milled, Aluminum/Bronze Alloy (310g)

-Original Anser Design

-PING PP58 Grip

-Putter is built to standard specs.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Inside Collin Morikawa’s recent golf ball, driver, 3-wood, and “Proto” iron changes

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As you probably know by now, Collin Morikawa switched putters after the first round of The Masters, and he ultimately went on to finish T3.

The putter was far from the only change he made last week, however, and his bag is continuing to change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage.

On the range of The Masters, Morikawa worked closely with Adrian Reitveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, to find the perfect driver and 3-wood setups.

Morikawa started off 2024 by switching into TaylorMade’s Qi10 Max driver, but since went back to his faithful TaylorMade SIM – yes, the original SIM from 2020. Somehow, some way, it seems Morikawa always ends up back in that driver, which he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship, and the 2021 Open Championship.

At The Masters, however, Rietveld said the duo found the driver head that allowed “zero compromise” on Morikawa’s preferred fade flight and spin. To match his preferences, they landed on a TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9-degree head, and the lie angle is a touch flatter than his former SIM.

“It’s faster than his gamer, and I think what we found is it fits his desired shot shape, with zero compromise” Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.

Then, to replace his former SIM rocket 3-wood, Morikawa decided to switch into the TaylorMade Qi10 core model 13.5-degree rocket head, with an adjustable hosel.

“He likes the spin characteristics of that head,” Rietveld said. “Now he’s interesting because with Collin, you can turn up at a tournament, and you look at his 3-wood, and he’s changed the setting. One day there’s more loft on it, one day there’s less loft on it. He’s that type of guy. He’s not scared to use the adjustability of the club.

“And I think he felt our titanium head didn’t spin as low as his original SIM. So we did some work with the other head, just because he liked the feel of it. It was a little high launching, so we fit him into something with less loft. It’s a naughty little piece of equipment.” 

In addition to the driver and fairway wood changes, Morikawa also debuted his new “MySymbol” jersey No. 5 TP5x golf ball at The Masters. Morikawa’s choice of symbols is likely tied to his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Not enough changes for you? There’s one more.

On Wednesday at the 2024 RBC Heritage, Morikawa was spotted with a new TaylorMade “Proto” 4-iron in the bag. If you recall, it’s the same model that Rory McIlroy debuted at the 2024 Valero Texas Open.

According to Morikawa, the new Proto 4-iron will replace his old P-770 hollow-bodied 4-iron.

“I used to hit my P-770 on a string, but sometimes the distance would be a little unpredictable,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “This one launches a touch higher, and I feel I can predict the distance better. I know Rory replaced his P-760 with it. I’m liking it so far.” 

See Morikawa’s full WITB from the 2024 RBC Heritage here. 

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