Sergio García says TaylorMade split ‘not only my decision’ as Callaway deal likely

• Masters champion says two parties couldn’t come to contract agreement
• Spaniard says he has only a ‘2% chance of winning’ this week’s Race to Dubai

Sergio García has admitted a parting with TaylorMade equipment was not solely of his own volition, with the 2017 Masters champion hinting riches bestowed on other players impacted on contract negotiations. García will use Callaway clubs in this week’s DP World Tour Championship, with a formal agreement between the parties imminent.

The golf world reacted with surprise to news that García, fresh from a maiden major success and after 15 years as a TaylorMade player, was on the lookout for a new brand. TaylorMade separated from its parent company, Adidas, in May. Around the same time, Rory McIlroy signed a 10-year TaylorMade contract, worth a potential $100m. Tiger Woods became a TaylorMade player in January.

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