Lydia Ko has reportedly found her club company.
According to stuff.co.nz, the Kiwi teen has signed with Callaway Golf. The company has made no formal announcement of a deal, neither Ko, whose signing with representation giant IMG (sold to William Morris this week for more than $2 billion) was shared this week.
There have been indications Ko planned to sign with Callaway, including sharing a picture of her first meeting with reigning Open champion Phil Mickelson when she went to the company’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., in November.
This is the proof 🙂 pic.twitter.com/pSXT01IK4e
— Lydia Ko (@Lko424) November 12, 2013
Ko also had Callaway equipment — as well equipment from Titleist, TaylorMade and Adams — in the bag for her debut as a professional in the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Titleholders. At that time, however, Ko denied she had made up her mind on a manufacturer whose equipment she’d play now that she’s part of the paid set.
“I’ve had a couple changes in my bag at the moment, but I guess right now it’s where I get to test and see which clubs do suit me,” she said. “And if I have to change, something that is quite close to what I have right now.”
Earlier in the week, IMG announced Ko’s first endorsement deal with ANZ Bank.
The teen, who is No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings, turned pro after winning back-to-back Canadian Women’s Opens as an amateur. She also won her national open earlier in the year as an amateur and took her first title as a pro in her second start at the Swinging Skirts Ladies World Masters two weeks ago in Taiwan.