Alternate title: Chucka Boom Boom
A couple of days ago I did a post which said that Charless Howell III was no longer with Callaway. People wondered where he’d end up and now we know.
Charles has signed with Bridgestone Golf. He’ll be sporting Bridgestone logos on his hat, shirt and golf bag. He’s slated to be playing new Bridgestone irons which haven’t been released yet and the Tour B330-S Golf Ball.
Bridgestone’s press release is below:
BRIDGESTONE LOOKS TO PEACH STATE NATIVE TO
BOLSTER EXPANDING TOUR TEAM
Multiple PGA TOUR Winner Charles Howell III To ‘BOOM’ Bridgestone Golf in
Covington, GA. — Bridgestone Golf, headquartered outside Atlanta, GA,
announced today that it has added hometown hero Charles Howell III to its
stable of PGA TOUR players. As part of the deal, the 2-time PGA TOUR winner
and Augusta, Georgia native will play Bridgestone balls and clubs, wear a
Bridgestone Golf glove, sport the Bridgestone Golf logo on his headwear and
left chest of his shirt and carry a Bridgestone Golf Tour bag in all
professional tournaments in 2008.
Howell is expected to play the new TOUR B330-S golf ball and Bridgestone’s
new line of irons, which has not yet been unveiled to the public, in all
professional competition. Howell expects to have the Bridgestone gear in
play by the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Championship.
“This is an exciting day in the history of the Bridgestone Golf brand,” said
Hisashi Kawano, the president of Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. “There are
only a handful of players out there with the star power of Charles and that
combined with his being from Georgia, is a great fit for Bridgestone. We
are eager to see what happens next season when golf’s #1 technology company
joins forces with one of the game’s most talented young stars.”
In what was perhaps the best year of his career, 2007 saw Howell record his
second PGA TOUR victory, (at the Nissan Open), and finish 18th in the
inaugural FedEx Cup points race. In addition, Howell carded five Top 10
finishes and a season-long $2,832,091 in earnings. Furthermore, in 2007,
Charles boosted his international resume, helping the United States squad
retain the President’s Cup by earning his team 2 important points in the
narrowly contested 19.5-14.5 victory.
While the financial terms of the deal will remain undisclosed, the company
is pleased to report the contract is for three-years.
“Over the years I have become familiar with Bridgestone Golf and their
history of innovation in golf equipment through Nick Price, whose opinion I
really value,” said Howell III. “Nick has told me time and again about
Bridgestone’s unparalleled technological expertise and how they go to great
lengths to make sure their TOUR players are in the equipment that best
maximizes their ability. Nick thinks the world of them; after all, he won 2
majors with Bridgestone at his side. The fact that they are a Georgia-based
company makes it all the more rewarding for me.”
For more information on the equipment Charles Howell III will rely on, visit
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Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, manufactures and markets
premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Precept and Bridgestone
brand names. Bridgestone is represented on a world stage by a number of
internationally famed golfers including, Stuart Appleby, Fred Couples,
Charles Howell III and Nick Price. Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., whose headquarters are in Tokyo.
For more information visit http://www.bridgestonegolf.com.