Jan 17th, 2016
Oscar Jacobson sign new rookie
Callum Shinkwin joins the OJ team
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Swedish apparel brand, Oscar Jacobson has signed 22-year old Englishman Callum Shinkwin.
“We are always on the look-out for the right players to join our European Tour staff, and Callum’s impressive credentials and rapid rise through the Challenge Tour ranks really caught our eye,” said Gunnar Hedendahl, Oscar Jacobson’s Global Sales and Marketing Director, Sport.
“We believe that Callum has a big future in the game and are delighted that he has decided to entrust all his apparel needs and desires to Oscar Jacobson for 2016 and 2017.”
Shinkwin was sporting the brand’s performance apparel in his rookie debut at the Joburg Open, where he missed the cut.
Shinkwin commented: “I am delighted to sign with Oscar Jacobson whom I am very familiar with having worn their trousers for many years dating back to when I was an amateur. I always feel comfortable in their clothing and look forward to representing them in my rookie year on the European Tour.”
Shinkwin is one of the new generation of big hitters, and currently averages well over 300 yards off the tee. He enjoyed a very successful amateur career, winning both the Carris Trophy and the South American Amateur Championship.
He was then victorious in the 2013 English amateur championship, which secured his place in the GB&I Walker cup team in that year.
He spent 2014 on the Challenge Tour, and then really pressed on in 2015, with third-place finishes in Turkey and Kazakhstan.
These got him into the Challenge Tour’s season-ending Grand Final in Oman, and another 3rd place there saw him climb to 13th spot, which gave him a full European Tour card for the first time in 2016.