Villegas goes TaylorMade

An interesting development in the field comes with the move from Cobra to TaylorMade by Camilo Villegas, the Colombian player currently ranked number 24 on the world. Villegas used a TaylorMade driver – quite openly – at the Open last month and the rumour mills have since then been talking of a switch.

Twice a winner on the PGA Tour, the Colombian has reportedly signed a contract to play with the famous companies products and will now be TaylorMade equipped at every outing. It would appear that the maker of premier quality golf equipment is intending to capitalise on Villegas’ success and popularity by using him as a spokesman of sorts for its products.

“Camilo is a winner, a gentleman, and a fan favourite. Cameras tend to find to him because he has presence and a magnetism that’s impressive and rare” explained the Chief Executive Officer and President of TaylorMade, adding:

“Camilo also shares the same values with our brand and our people, including a burning desire to improve and reach his potential. We very much want to help him do that, which is why we believe this is a great fit.”

The deal is believed to extend to Villegas not only using TaylorMade clubs and wearing branded gear, but to carrying a bag with the company’s logo and also using a TaylorMade ball in all competitions and appearances from now on. It is reported to be a lucrative deal for the Colombian that will come into full force in the coming season.

Just 28 years of age, Villegas has long enjoyed a pin-up status in the sport, something that appeals to thrusting companies of the TaylorMade stature, and has been playing golf since he was a child. He turned professional at a young age and his most recent victory was a runaway win in this years’ Honda Classic.