Callaway Golf Welcomes Dynamic New Tour Professionals to its PGA Tour Roster

 Callaway Golf Welcomes Dynamic New Tour Professionals to its PGA Tour Roster

Young Guns Woodland, Ishikawa, Colsaerts, Kirk and Others Join Icons like
Mickelson and Els on Team Callaway

PR Newswire

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:
ELY) today formally announced a series of signings to its 2013 PGA TOUR
professional staff. The current Callaway team, headlined by icons and major
championship winners Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, will be expanded
considerably with an infusion of long-hitting, young and dynamic
professionals. Top new talent includes the powerful Gary Woodland, the
international sensation Ryo Ishikawa, the Belgian Bomber Nicolas Colsaerts,
and the athletic Chris Kirk.

"It's been an exciting off-season for Callaway Golf -- we've brought on board
exceptional golf talent and great personalities," said Nick Raffaele, VP,
Global Sports Marketing, Callaway Golf. "These young players feel the energy
here at Callaway, and they have been thrilled with the performance of the new

Announced recently via Callaway's Twitter account, @CallawayGolf, additions to
the team include:

Gary Woodland

Known for his athletic background, strength, enormous drives and winning track
record, Woodland is healthy and focused as he heads into the season. Woodland
burst onto the PGA scene in 2011 when he earned his first career win at the
Transitions Championship. He ranked second on Tour last year in both clubhead
speed and ball speed, and his 450-yard poke at the Hyundai Tournament of
Champions was the biggest PGA drive of 2012. Follow Woodland on Twitter:

Ryo Ishikawa

Callaway signed 21-year-old Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa to a multi-year
contract. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008, dominated the Japanese Tour
with four wins in 2009 and that same year became the youngest golfer to ever
reach the top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings. Ryo joins Callaway as a
full staff professional and plans to play more tournaments on the PGA Tour in
2013. He will play the Company's new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver, the X Forged
Irons and use the Odyssey putters he has relied on throughout his career.

Nicolas Colsaerts

Nicolas Colsaerts consistently hits some of the biggest tee shots in golf –
just look at his 318.6 yard average on the European Tour last year. Colsaerts'
stellar 2012 season was capped by an incredible performance at the Ryder Cup,
where he played one match in 10-under. The new Callaway staffer posted ten
top-10s and won the Volvo World Match Play Championship last year. Follow
Colsaerts on Twitter at @Coelsss

Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk fits the modern Tour player profile with his tall frame, huge
drives and eye-opening consistency. He picked up his first win at the 2011
Viking Classic, and, still just 27-years-old, comes to Callaway as a proven
veteran who is ready to break out as one of the Tour's stars. He has already
posted a Top 5 finish in 2013 propelled by the new Callaway X Forged Irons.
Follow Kirk on Twitter: @Chris_Kirk_

Andres Gonzales

Destined to be a fan favorite this year, Gonzales has the charisma and the
game that golfers are drawn to. Gonzales earned his PGA Tour card through the Tour last year, where he won the Soboba Golf Classic and finished
14^th on the final money list. Self-proclaimed "Half man, half amazing,"
Gonzales is enjoying his new Callaway tools; on January 3, he tweeted,
"Callaway just launched the X-Hot line today. I tried the driver and 3-wood
and they are instantly in the bag. #xhotgoesfar." Follow Gonzales on Twitter
at @Andres_Gonzales

James Hahn

James Hahn is long off the tee and has the all-around game to compete on the
PGA Tour right away. He won on the Tour last year at The Rex Hospital
Open, posted two runner-up finishes and averaged over 300 yards per drive. He
can putt, bust out long drives, attack pins and run up birdies in a hurry.
Follow Hahn on Twitter: @jameshahnPGA

Brian Stuard

Jackson, Michigan native Brian Stuard finished 20^th on the final
money list and earned his Tour card for 2013. The 30-year-old has the perfect
combination of youth and experience after previously playing on the PGA Tour.

Bobby Gates

At 6'5" and 230 lbs, it's no surprise that Bobby Gates is one of the longest
hitters on any Tour. He averaged over 300 yards per drive in 2012 and then
earned his PGA Tour card through Q School. Follow Bobby Gates on Twitter:
@BobbyGatesGolf Graduates

In addition, two exciting current staffers and graduates, Luke List
and Aaron Watkins, will represent Team Callaway on the PGA Tour in 2013. Both
relied on Callaway equipment in prior years to propel them to the Tour.

Luke List

Luke List led all six professional worldwide tours in average driving distance
last year (at a whopping 324 yards) with his Callaway driver. After posting a
win at the South Georgia Classic and three runner-up finishes on the
Tour in 2012, List finished 4th on the money list and earned his PGA Tour
card. He is a dynamic personality on and off the course and is already
prominently featured in several Callaway ads for 2013. Follow List on Twitter:

Aaron Watkins

Aaron Watkins earned four Top 10 finishes on the Tour in 2012, ranking
39th on the money list. He's headed to the PGA Tour on the heels of an
incredible performance at Q School. The Mesa, Arizona resident played his
college golf at Kansas State before turning pro in 2004. Aaron played on the
PGA Tour in 2009, where he recorded a T7 finish at the Zurich Classic of New
Orleans. Follow Watkins at @adubwatkins

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