Meet Callaway’s Class of 2019

Callaway’s superstar stable of Major champions and Ryder Cup winners like Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters and Thomas Bjorn will be joined in 2019 by one of the brand’s strongest ever Tour line-ups.

Buoyed on to join the Callaway ranks by the impressive line-up of 2019 gear – including the new Epic Flash and Epic Flash Sub Zero Drivers and Fairways, the Apex Pro 19 irons, Odyssey Stroke Lab putters and the Tour-endorsed Chrome Soft ball, the list of new recruits includes Tour winners, Q School graduates and a few familiar names…

Throughout the year, Tour Insider will have access to all these players, bringing you tips, interviews, gear advice and tournament reaction every week. Here’s a rundown of them all…

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Jordan Smith
His maiden European Tour victory, the 2017 Porsche European Open, gave him access to his first Major, the US PGA Championship, where he tied 9th, the highest placed European player. In 2018, he was 3rd at the British Masters, and 43rd in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver 9°, Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei 70-X
Fairways: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 13.5
Utility: Callaway X Forged UT 18
Irons: Callaway Apex MB 3-PW
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 52; Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 58
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Palm Beach
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

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Tom Lewis
Won the Silver Medal as leading amateur at The 140th Open after posting the lowest score by an amateur in Open Championship history in the first round at Royal St. George’s. Has gone on to win the Portugal Open twice as a professional. He’s named after Callaway Icon, Tom Watson.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 10.5°, Project X HZRDUS 62-X shaft
Fairways: Callaway Rogue 3-wood
Utility: Callaway X Forged UT 18°
Irons: Callaway X Forged 18, 3- to PW
Wedges: Callaway Mac Daddy 4 50°, 56°
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Back 7S


Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Finished a career-best 35th in the 2017 Race to Dubai rankings and represented France, who were finalists at GolfSixes 2018.


Maximilian Kieffer
A consistent performer, completing a remarkable run of making 22 consecutive cuts in 2015, en-route to finishing a career-best 55th in the Race to Dubai. Last season saw him finish 3rd in the Nordea Masters.


Nacho Elvira
Had his best European Tour season in 2016, finishing 44th in the Race to Dubai and crowned Challenge Tour Graduate of that Year. 


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Steven Brown
2018 was his rookie season on the European Tour after finishing inside the top 15 in the 2017 Challenge Tour Rankings. Was runner-up in the 2018 Made in Denmark tournament.
 
Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 10.5°, Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana RF 60-X shaft
Fairways: Callaway Epic Flash 18°
Hybrid: Callaway Apex 23°
Irons: Callaway X Forged 18, 3- to PW
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 50°, 56°; Mack Daddy PM Grind 60°
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Black Jailbird Mini
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X


Bernd Ritthammer
First played on the European Tour in 2011, before returning after finishing second in the Challenge Tour rankings in 2016. Regained playing privileges in 2018 through Qualifying School Final Stage.


Erik van Rooyen
Played on the European Tour in 2018 and posted five top 10 finishes to win the ‘Graduate of the Year’ award. Won twice in 2017: once on the Sunshine Tour at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship and once on the Challenge Tour at the Hainan Open.


Thomas Aiken
Dedicated maiden European Tour victory, the 2011 Open de España, to Seve Ballesteros who died on tournament weekend. Won two more titles, the 2013 Avantha Masters and the 2014 Africa Open.


Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Finished runner-up at the BMW SA Open in 2016 and the following year earned a European Tour card after finishing inside the top 25 at Qualifying School Final Stage.


Peter Harrison - Callaway’s Director of Tour Relations

“Our new signings join some of the biggest names in the game, multiple winners on Tour, Major winners and Ryder Cup stars, to create one of the strongest line-ups of Staff Professionals we have ever had.

“Aligned with a host of important product launches for the new season, including Epic Flash Drivers, featuring Flash Face Technology, and our revolutionary Odyssey Stroke Lab Putters, players are excited to be putting our new hardware into competitive play after hugely positive testing sessions.”

Callaway is now the official driver, golf ball, shoe and golf bag brand of the European Tour; Odyssey and OGIO are the official putter and luggage brands respectively; and Travis Mathew and Callaway Apparel are the official on-course apparel of European Tour staff. The full 2019 line-up of Staff Professionals using Callaway and Odyssey products on the PGA European Tour looks like this…

 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Nino Bertasio

Thomas Bjørn

Nicolas Colsaerts

Thomas Detry

Sergio Garcia

Branden Grace

David Horsey

Rikard Karlberg

Chase Koepka

Pablo Larrazábal

Matteo Manassero

James Morrison

Alex Noren

Chris Paisley

Renato Paratore

Andrea Pavan

Thomas Pieters

Haydn Porteous

Tapio Pulkkanen

Alvaro Quiros

Callum Shinkwin

Henrik Stenson

Jeunghun Wang

Marc Warren

Danny Willett

Fabrizio Zanotti

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Steven Brown

Luca Cianchetti

Nacho Elvira

Matthew Jordan

Tom Lewis

Eduardo Lipparelli

Michael Lorenzo-Vera

Marcel Siem

Jordan Smith

Erik van Rooyen

Dylan Frittelli

Lorenzo Scalise

Julian Suri

Robin Sciot-Siegrist

Maximilian Kieffer

Ben Stow

Stuart Manley

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Sarah Pyett