Sergio Garcia was spotted playing a Callaway Epic driver during the practice rounds for the DP World Tour Championship on Tuesday, admitting they were the front runners for his next equipment choice following his split with TaylorMade.
It was announced last month that Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade were ending their player-equipment partnership after 15 years - with the company releasing a statement confirming they had "mutually agreed on a release from the remaining years of his TaylorMade contract."
Until now, Garcia hasn't said anything on the subject, but addressed the split during his press conference at the Race to Dubai's finale event on Tuesday in Dubai.
"It wasn’t only my decision," said Garcia. "Obviously I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end.
"I guess all companies change, and the politics with TaylorMade have changed now after leaving adidas," he continued. "We couldn't come to an agreement. So I understand that it's also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. You know, unfortunately we were in that package."
And while Callaway seemed the most obvious choice for the Masters Champion to switch to, he was spotted for the first time today playing and admitted they were the front runners for a future deal.
When asked if a deal was official between Garcia and Callaway, he replied "not yet," but went on to explain that they were his current first choice. "But obviously it's [Callaway], at the moment, the company that is in front of the other ones.
"Obviously I'm trying some Callaway stuff, and what I've been trying feels great. It's a great company. So it's not like I'm going to a company that is unknown or anything like that.
"What we've been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it's just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it on tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.
"Then, if there are any changes that need to be made, we have time in the off-season to get it sorted out. Hopefully we won't have to.
Watch the full press conference below