Leonard Debuts TaylorMade Golf Clubs at Sony Open
CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 12, 2012) – TaylorMade Golf Company today announced that Justin Leonard has joined the TaylorMade Tour Staff. Leonard, a 12-time PGA Tour winner and the 1997 Open Champion and 1998 Players Champion, played an R11 driver, RBZ Tour 3-wood, Tour Preferred MB Irons, xFT wedges and a PENTA TP golf ball in the opening round of the Sony Open. Leonard also debuted a TaylorMade Staff bag and hat.
“TaylorMade is an incredible company that has always been on the cutting edge of new technology,” said Leonard. “I have seen and heard so much about their line of white metalwoods and putters and I’m excited to begin the year with their equipment.”
Born in Dallas, Leonard attended the University of Texas where he won a NCAA Championship. He won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1992 before turning professional and joining the PGA Tour in 1994. His first career victory came at the 1996 Buick Open where he cruised to a five-stroke victory.
Leonard has played on three Ryder cup teams (1997, 1999, 2008) and five President’s Cup teams (1996, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009). In 1999 he became part of Ryder Cup lore by holing a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at The Country Club in his singles match, which clinched the half-point that allowed the U.S. to retain the Cup.
In Justin’s Bag at Sony Open: