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Wilson split with Vijay Singh after 17 years

Wilson Golf has announced it will not renew its endorsement contract with the 1998 PGA Champion, Vijay Singh, after a relationship lasting 17 years.

"In recent years, Wilson Golf has moved away from utilizing high-prized PGA Tour pros in our marketing efforts, and increased the number of PGA club professionals within our Staff Program," said Luke Reese, Vice President & General Manager, Wilson Golf Worldwide.

Wilson's strategy is to grow its club professional staff, increase its point of sales market as well as its demo days and sampling program for its new Smart-Core golf balls. "We had a long, outstanding relationship with Vijay; he was a great ambassador for us, and it was by no means an easy decision to forgo renewing his contract. You don't get a better guy than Vijay Singh.

Frankly, it is just not our strategy. We plan on increasing our Advisory Staff Pros from 1,100 to 2,500 next year," Reese commented to Web Street. "It is simply a matter of our increased focus on grassroots marketing, and our commitment to the local golf professional. We wish Vijay the best in his future endeavors," Reese added.

Vijay Singh has been a member of the Wilson Staff Advisory Team since he turned professional in 1982. He has played with Wilson Staff irons for the past 18 years. Although Wilson will not re-sign him, it does plan on retaining John Huston, Glen Day and the 1999Open winner Paul Lawrie.

Currently all three play the Wilson Fat Shaft irons, something Singh does not.