Dustin Johnson And Sergio Garcia will no longer be sponsored by Adidas
LIV Golf players Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia will no longer be sponsored by Adidas, per an ESPN report(opens in new tab).
In Johnson case, it appears the decision to break from the company he has been associated with since 2007 was his as he intends to grow the franchise for the 4 Aces GC team he captains by freeing up space for logos on his shirt.
According to a statement from Adidas Golf president Jeff Lienhart. “For more than 15 years, Dustin has been a great ambassador for the Adidas brand,” Lienhart said in a statement to Golf Digest. “We’ve had a front-row seat to see him win multiple major championships, ascend to the No. 1 ranking and cement himself as one of the best golfers in history—all while wearing the 3-Stripes. We wish Dustin nothing but success moving forward.”
An Adidas spokesperson also confirmed to ESPN that the company has ended its long relationship with 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who is captain of the Fireballs GC team in the LIV Golf League. Adidas chose not to renew Garcia’s deal, the spokesperson said.
Johnson, a two-time major champion, won 24 times on the PGA Tour before signing a deal with LIV Golf, which reportedly guaranteed him as much as $150 million. He won LIV Golf’s tournament outside Boston in September and earned another $35.6 million in purses and bonuses in the circuit’s inaugural season.
Adidas sponsors LIV Golf’s Jaoqin Niemann, as well as PGA Tour stars Colling Morikawan and Xander Schauffelle.
LIV Golf’s second season begins at Mayakoba in Mexico on Friday.