Jan 12th, 2017
TaylorMade announce first signings of 2017
Big names joining their line out
Words: John Dean Photography: TaylorMade
TaylorMade has reinforced it's industry-leading Tour Staff with the first signings of 2017. And there are some big names joining the team!
The six players added to its expanding roster of PGA Tour athletes playing TaylorMade metalwoods are Smylie Kaufman, Paul Casey, Seung-Yul Noh, Nick Watney and Jon Curran; further bolstering the most dominant Tour staff in the industry.
Three-time Ryder Cup participant Paul Casey joins Team TaylorMade with 14 international and 1 PGA Tour victory on his resume.
Predominantly playing on the European Tour — where he earned Player of the Year honors in 2006 — Casey carded 12 top 25 & 7 top 10 finishes in 22 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2016, which included runner–up finishes at both the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships en route to a fourth place finish at the Tour Championship.
Casey first put the M2 driver into play at the Safeway Open in October and as of his most recent tournament played on Tour, still has it in the bag.
Smylie Kaufman joins Team TaylorMade after completing his first full season on the PGA TOUR, where he secured ten top 25 & four top 10 finishes in 28 events, including his maiden victory on Tour at the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open en route to a berth in the FedExCup Playoffs.
The Louisiana State University graduate added the M2 driver into his bag at The Barclays last August and has played it in every tournament since.
One of the game’s most promising young stars, Seung-Yul Noh will play TaylorMade metalwoods throughout the 2017 campaign.
Having made his PGA Tour debut in 2010 at the age of 19, Noh possesses what many consider one of the best swings on Tour.
Since 2014, he has accumulated 16 top 25 finishes, including a victory at the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Noh put the ’16 M1 fairway into play for the first time at the Sanderson Farms Championship and the M1 430 driver the following week at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. As of the RSM Classic, both are still in the bag.
After a successful collegiate career at Fresno State University, Nick Watney’s accomplishments on Tour include five victories (his first coming in 2007) and career earnings amassing more than $24 million since first turning professional in 2003.
The Californian native averages more than 302 yards off the tee. Watney switched into the ’16 M2 driver and three wood in addition to an M1 five wood at the Safeway Open in Napa, which remained in his bag through the end of the year.
Also joining TaylorMade’s Tour staff is Kyle Stanley. After turning pro in 2009, the 29-year-old Clemson University alum Stanley won his first PGA TOUR event in 2012 and has since accumulated 23 additional top 25 finishes and more than $7 million in career earnings.
Jon Curran is a relative newcomer on Tour, and turned professional in 2009. He enjoyed early success in his career including three professional victories and 8 top 10 finishes (2 of which are runner-up finishes) on the PGA Tour.
According to Chuck Presto, Senior VP of Global Sports Marketing:
“We’re thrilled to welcome these six men into the TaylorMade family as our newest Tour staff ambassadors. It goes without saying each of their accomplishments speak for themselves and we look forward to watching them succeed while playing the highest performing products in the world out on Tour.”
Kaufman, Casey, Noh, Watney, Stanley and Curran join a Tour staff that already includes four players in the top 15 in the world (OWGR): Dustin Johnson (3), Sergio Garcia (13) Justin Rose (15) and world No.1, Jason Day.