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Sergio Garcia Leaning Toward Deal With Callaway After Parting Ways With TaylorMade

Sergio Garcia will use a new Callaway ball and clubs at this week's season-ending European Tour DP World Tour Championship in Dubai "after parting company" with TaylorMade last month, according to Andrew Both of REUTERS. Garcia yesterday noted he had been with TaylorMade for 15 years, but "unfortunately things come to an end." He said, "It wasn't only my decision. ... I guess all companies change, and the politics with TaylorMade have changed now after leaving Adidas." He added, "We couldn't come to an agreement. So I understand that it's also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them." Both notes TaylorMade earlier this year signed Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the "two biggest names in world golf." Other TaylorMade players include Dustin Johnson and Jason Day (REUTERS, 11/15). In London, Derek Lawrenson writes Garcia "hasn't put pen to paper with Callaway yet but will use their clubs this week and certainly sounded like a man ready to sign up." Garcia: "At the moment they're the company that is in front of the others and they're willing to work really hard for me, which means a lot" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/15). Garcia said of trying Callaway equipment this week, "The most difficult thing to fit into your game would be the ball, when you have played with one for quite a while. With what we have been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it's just a matter of trying it on the course and trying it in tournament play" (GUARDIAN, 11/15).