PING signs Stewart Cink to equipment contract
PHOENIX (Jan. 9, 2019) – Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship winner with more than $37 million in career earnings, signed an agreement to play PING equipment, PING President John K. Solheim announced today. Cink will make his debut as a PING Pro at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which begins Thursday.
In addition to his major, Cink has five more PGA Tour titles and 13 wins on various tours since turning pro in 1995, the year he graduated with a degree in management from Georgia Tech University, where he played on the golf team. Born in Huntsville, Ala., the 45-year-old and his family live in Duluth, Ga.
“Stewart has a long track record of success and overall consistency, evidenced by his wins, top 10s in majors, and the fact that he has competed on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and in four Presidents Cups,” Solheim said. “He has instant credibility, and we know him well because he has played PING irons for many years. Our tour staff has been impressed by his professionalism and his knowledge of equipment. We’re delighted to be associated with Stewart.”
Cink took up the game when his parents, single-digit handicappers, left him at a driving range before he was old enough to go on the course. He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, camping, biking and skiing. He called the move to PING a “natural progression.”
“Coming over to PING and formalizing our relationship is a great fit for me,” Cink said. “I have relied on PING irons for years and the tour guys always go out of their way to take care of my equipment needs and make me feel at home. The clubs and all the new technology keep performing better and better. I’m proud to be playing PING clubs and working with people who are passionate about what they do.”
As part of a multi-year agreement, Cink will play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a driver and putter. His headwear will display PING on both sides and he’ll carry a PING Tour staff bag. This week he’ll rely on a G400 LST driver, G400 fairway woods, i25 irons (4-UW), and a Sigma 2 Arna putter.
Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.
For additional information, contact Pete Samuels (602) 687-5487.
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