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Which pros are switching equipment companies for 2019?



With the start of 2019, we'll learn which pro golfers are switching equipment companies for the new year.

The biggest signing was the one everyone knew about already. Justin Rose and Honma Golf officially announced a 10-year deal for Rose to play the Japanese clubmaker's sticks. It's a 10-club deal, giving Rose some wiggle room to figure out a configuration, but he will be playing an Honma driver. Rose isn't under a ball contract.

Kevin Na has announced a new deal for 2019, signing with Callaway Golf. Throughout much of the year, Na wasn't wearing equipment logos on his clothing, instead choosing to wear a So Hi visor as a shout out to his home club, Southern Highlands in Las Vegas.

Charles Howell III has moved on from PXG, though he did so prior to the new year. He won The RSM Classic wearing a Titleist logo on his hat, and he's remaining with Titleist.

Wilson Golf is gaining a staffer and losing one. Gary Woodland is joining Wilson's staff for 2019, perhaps completing the loop on a November sighting of the reigning Phoenix Open winner using a prototype set of the company's irons at Tiger Woods' Hero World Challenge in December. The PGA Tour featured an image of Woodland wearing a Wilson hat as part of its preview of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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However, that appears to mean at least one Wilson left. Troy Merritt, who is also in the Sentry Tournament of Champions by virtue of his win at the Barbasol Championship in July, was photographed by Getty Images wearing a Titleist hat and no sign of Wilson logos on his apparel.

Equipment rumors become reality?

There have been some rumors about new equipment deals for a variety of players, though many of them have still not yet been announced.

Rickie Fowler is one of the more touted rumors. He is no longer listed as a Titleist golf ball player, and he's rumored to be signing a golf ball deal with TaylorMade while remaining a club staffer with Cobra Golf.

Paul Casey is rumored to be moving into some kind of deal to join the Honma Golf staff -- a rumor further fueled by Casey practicing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions using an Honma utility iron.

We will continue to update this list as signings and deals are announced.

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