Patrick Cantlay has arrived at this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions appearing to have lost two of his major sponsors.
The American was pictured without any Titleist logos and reportedly had an all-black tour bag instead of his usual Titleist one. His player page on the Titleist website (opens in new tab) simply lists him as using a Pro V1x golf ball instead of being a brand ambassador using a full bag of Titleist hardware, which he has done for a number of years.
Cantlay also has lost, or ended, his Hugo Boss apparel deal. "No more Hugo Boss," he said in his pre-tournament press conference, while also confirming he is in the market for another apparel sponsor. "Great" is how he described that going.
He was pictured using both a Titleist TSI and TS3 driver at Kapalua in practice so was clearly doing some driver testing ahead of the first PGA Tour event of 2023. The Tournament of Champions comes with an elevated $15m purse and features 17 of the world's top 20 players.
Patrick Cantlay is no longer a Titleist staffer. Using a black staff bag this week, and his gear on the Titleist page has been scrubbed, outside of the ball. My guess is he goes the Adam Scott route — ball, shoe, glove deal but free agent for the clubs. pic.twitter.com/kqpQr4OY6NJanuary 3, 2023
Some might think Cantlay losing his sponsorship deals means he is off to LIV Golf, after rumors that he will be joining the Greg Norman-fronted tour. However, he remains firm in his stance that he is sticking with the PGA Tour.
"I think it's because I haven't been too vocal one way or the other," he said of the rumors. "So I think that's probably where it is. Guys, for the most part, seem like they're pretty polarized on this issue, and I view it as it's been a competition for top talent, like any other business.
"But I have no plans to do that as of now, which has been my stance for, you know, basically since the whole time."
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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