The Bubba Watson/Volvik experiment is officially over. Watson declared on Wednesday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas that his contract with the colored golf ball company had come to an end and that he would be putting a Titleist golf ball back in play this week.
Bubba Watson at the Shriners says his contract with Volvik is up. He’s back to playing Titleist this week but he does not have a ball deal.
— Nick Menta (@NickMentaGC) October 31, 2017
During his tenure with Volvik, Watson fell from 10th in the world rankings to 63rd.
Bubba Watson’s tenure as a Volvik staffer proved brief.
Watson announced Tuesday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that his contract with the bright-ball manufacturer “is done.”
“I do not have a ball deal as we sit here today,” he said. “So I can play with whatever ball I want to.
“My deal was up, and so I’m … ball-free.”
Volvik announced in January, ahead of last season’s Tournament of Champions, that it had signed Watson to “a multi-year deal to play and endorse the company’s line of extreme performance golf balls.” But that multi-year deal ended up lasting less than 12 months.
Although unsigned, Watson will put a Titleist ball back in play this week. Before switching to Volvik, the two-time Masters champion played the ProV1x.
“I’m just going to go back to what I grew up with,” he explained.
Watson recorded only two top-10 finishes in PGA Tour stroke-play events last season. He was 75th in the FedExCup points race when his 2016-17 campaign came to an end at the Dell Technologies in Boston.
“My goals are to be better than that,” he said. “It was a frustrating year when it came to the golf. It was a great year off the course, but a frustrating year [on it]. Hopefully I’ll improve that.”
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