Eddie Pepperell and European Tour signings for 2020

rt_charger

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#2
He is an advocate to playing clubs that suit his game. He's been using a Ping driver for a while.

He probably wouldn't have switched if he didn't feel his game would have improved, then again who would say no to a bit more money.
 

LOS

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#3
I am not really surprised and he isn't the only one who will not be with Mizuno this year.
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As of this morning there are no European based Male players on Mizuno Staff, I don't count LD as he lives permanently in the US. It may be an ideal time to sign some young European talent to bring on and not just Brits.

Looking at Mizuno Golf overall there seems to be a general drift to the US in their policies and while they might be more active in the rest of Europe we Brits tend not to hear about it.
 

DCB

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#4
There have been several other players who have jumped ship in the past and it hasn't been the best move for them. Wonder why Eddie P has moved to Ping, surely he's far too young for Ping Shovels.

He seemed to be playing well with his Mizzies over the past couple of seasons.
 

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#5
We've not officially announced yet - but no trade secret that in Europe Adrien Saddier, Scott Gregory, David Dixon and Tom Gandy have signed up for 2020. That might not be the end of it.

In US - adding Rheine Gibson, Bo Hoag, Stephen Fisk.....and again possibility of more to come in coming days.

All of those players will have Mizuno driver in the bag for 2020 - in addition to Donald, Mitchell, Glover and Kirk who already have them in play.

A little bit of a shake up and refresh that was probably needed. We're going to commit to a model of taking players on earlier in their careers with the aim of developing with them. That doesn't mean they'll all be 19 - could be some late developers out there. But we'll be looking at players with their best years in front of them.

Bidding for players higher up the food chain doesn't make a lot of sense anymore - especially if they haven't been habitual Mizuno users. We'll never be the top bidder and established players habits / preferences are harder to change . If you look outside of Mizuno, world #1s have been signed to new club deals and its meant almost nothing at all to the golfing public. If the players maintains their form - its the player. If the player gets worse, its because of the clubs.

So we'll work if the other way round. If the world #1 chooses to play our clubs without a contract - great. If we have a top 10 player signed up, it will be because Mizuno helped to take them there.

The big upside is that the players we take on genuinely want and appreciate the support. In return they'll work with us on product development and not just play the irons (which they probably would have played anyway). Can see the results of that paying off already - we had 5 Mizuno drivers tee off yesterday on the PGA Tour at The Sony Open. Two years ago we had none.

We've been heading in this direction for a while.....but had a few distractions along the way. We're locked in now.
 

NotOhBoy

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#6
I see Eddie P has missed 2 cuts out of 2 tournaments with the new snow clearing shovels.

Notwithstanding what MPX says (and I see the reasons for that), it’s always good to see the Mizuno brand on the leaderboard.
 

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#7
https://golf.mizunoeurope.com/blog/mizuno-sets-authenticity-pathway-on-tour/

The official line on it all. Start of something new from us that reflects better how the tour works now. We want to prove that our products work more than anything. No point having a world #1 who thinks they are doing the manufacturer a favour by playing half a bag of its clubs. Rather have multiple players like Scott Gregory who won in Portugal last week.....proving that all the clubs can do the job. As players like Scott come through the ranks they'll already trust our drivers and we'll have them back on the big stage.
 
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