After a few weeks of growing speculation, Mizuno have finally announced an extension to one of the longest-standing equipment relationships in golf with world number three Luke Donald.
Already playing their woods, it had been rumoured that Donald could be on his way to big spenders TaylorMade, but Japanses based manufacturers Mizuno will be delighted to have won the race to seal the Englishman’s signature.
The agreement ensures that the former world number one will continue to play the Mizuno equipment that has led him to 13 professional victories, including his incredible 2011 campaign which propelled him to the top rank on both PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year.
Donald will continue to play the MP-64 irons and MP-T4 wedges, models that he has helped design.
“I feel as if I am playing as well as ever at this stage in my career. Over the next few years I want to be in a position to win major championships and to continue to improve each year” Donald said.
“We’ve refined my Mizuno equipment in the last couple of seasons and I’m really happy with what I have in the bag right now, so it gives me great pleasure to extend this relationship. Mizuno is the most precise, incredible club-maker out there, and I’m honoured to represent this quality brand.”
Akito Mizuno, Mizuno President and grandson of company founder Rihachi Mizuno, is equally delighted. He said: “Luke Donald and Mizuno share a special long-term relationship that we are delighted to continue. Luke has become a very special friend to Mizuno over the years. He perfectly represents our company, and we look forward to what Luke will accomplish in the next few years. “
Donald re-joins Mizuno’s elite stable of world players including Jonathan Byrd, Charles Howell III, Marcel Siem, Chris Wood, Mayu Hattori and Jiyai Shin.