Masters champ Patrick Reed doesn’t have an equipment sponsor and here’s why

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Masters champion Patrick Reed doesn’t have an equipment sponsor this year after leaving Callaway Golf after last season.

Here’s how he explained the decision during an interview with CNBC on Monday. “The biggest thing was I wanted to be different,” Reed said. “It’s hard to believe that there is one company that makes 14 perfect golf clubs and a perfect golf ball for every player.”

A day after winning the 82nd Masters by one shot, Reed made appearances in New York, where he visited the top of the Empire State Building and the New York Stock Exchange.

Despite not having a club deal, Reed partnered with Nike as a clothing sponsor in 2018. He wore pink and not his traditional red on Sunday because of fellow Nike player Tiger Woods’ association with the same color on the same weekday.

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Reed has put together a mixed bag with a Ping driver, Titleist and Callaway irons, Artisan Golf wedges and an Odyssey putter. He used at Titleist Pro V1 ball at Augusta National.

“This has freed me up to use whatever equipment I want. On the equipment side, I’m just out there doing my thing. I’m using whatever I want to use,” Reed said. “I’m able to put 14 golf clubs and a golf ball in the bag that I feel are the perfect fit for me. To do that and come out with a my first major, it was a risk. But it was a risk that was the right one.”

Speros writes for Golfweek, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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