Nick Watney, Lucas Glover and Jhonattan Vegas commit to Mizuno

New contracts follow trend to Mizuno irons on tour

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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“.

Big hitting Jhonattan Vegas – the first Venezuelan to play (and win) on the PGA Tour has signed to Mizuno after playing the MP-4’s through 2017. In 2016 Vegas won the RBC Canadian Open to cement his status on the PGA TOUR for 2017, where he has compiled five Top 20 finishes.

Lucas Glover – A classy performer, four time winner on the PGA Tour and winner of the 2009 US Open has played the JPX900 Tours through 2017.

 

Five time winner on the US PGA Tour Nick Watney has been playing the JPX900 Tour irons in 2017.

“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.

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