Callaway Golf Agree To 'Pause' Relationship With Mickelson

The brand, which has supported Mickelson since 2004, will 're-evaluate their ongoing relationship at a later date.'

Mickelson looks at his bag
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Only a few hours prior to Callaway's announcement, Workday had cut ties with the six-time Major, with other sponsors like KPMG and Amstel Light, also dropping Mickelson following his controversial comments made about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia. 

Callaway, which has sponsored Mickelson since 2004, has not dropped the 51-year-old, but did state: “Callaway does not condone Phil Mickelson’s comments and we were very disappointed in his choice of words – they in no way reflect our values or what we stand for as a company.

"Phil has since apologized and we know he regrets how he handled recent events. We recognize his desire to take some time away from the game and respect that decision. At this time, we have agreed to pause our partnership and will re-evaluate our ongoing relationship at a later date.”

Phil waits on the tee

Mickelson uses a full bag of Callaway and an Odyssey putter

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The six-time Major champion has been under severe pressure since an article was published last week on, that included strong criticism of both the PGA Tour and the Saudi government. In that piece, the 51-year-old called them: “scary mother----ers."

Following the controversial comments made to journalist, and author of Mickelson's new biography, Alan Shipnuck, the six-time Major champion delivered a statement on Tuesday apologising for his actions. However, it seems that players are not showing much sympathy for Mickelson, with the likes of Rory McIlroy calling his comments: "Naive, selfish, egotistical and ignorant." 

Along with PGA Tour players, former sponsors of Mickelson's have also displayed negativity towards the left-hander. KPMG, who had been a supporter of the 51-year-old since 2007, stated:  “KPMG U.S. and Phil Mickelson have mutually agreed to end our sponsorship effective immediately. We wish him the best.” 

KPMG were shortly followed by Amstel Light and then Workday, who released a statement saying: "At this time, Workday and Phil Mickelson have mutually and amicably agreed to not renew our brand sponsorship that ends this March. We want to thank Phil for his great contributions as a Workday ambassador, both on and off the course. And we continue to wish him and his family all the best."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x