Mizuno has confirmed that a trio of PGA Tour players Nick Watney, Lucas Glover and Jhonattan Vegas have signed to play its equipment – all 3 have played Mizuno irons during 2017 prior to the deals. The signings are the first official additions to the Mizuno’s stable in 2017.
The signings follow a shift towards Mizuno iron usage amongst players on the US PGA Tour. Mizuno irons became noticeably more prolific on tour in the wake of Nike’s departure from the golf equipment market in 2016. Nine players recently competed with Mizuno irons at The Masters – with the manufacturer having been represented by just one player in 2016. Golf WRX recently reported that Mizuno irons were now the ‘hottest on tour for players not under contract“.
“Since Nike withdrew from the golf equipment market, a lot of players have suddenly needed new irons– Mizuno has been the obvious beneficiary. It’s a welcome change from the ever rising costs of sponsorship and for a period players are returning to playing equipment by choice. It’s a nice reward for Mizuno sticking to its principles, continuing to invest in the forging process itself and producing irons that tour players can use straight of the box.
“It will be interesting to see how equipment sponsorship evolves on tour from here – but we’re delighted that it bought three high quality players like Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney and Lucas Glover to Mizuno for a longer period of time. We’re very excited to see what they and the other new Mizuno users achieve moving forwards.” Alex Thorne, European Tour Manager.
Watney, Glover and Vegas join Nick Faldo, Luke Donald, Chris Wood, Stacy Lewis and Nicole Broch Larsen as part of #teammizuno.