Less than a fortnight after Angel Cabrera won the US Open with their irons, Ping has signed up women’s World No.1 Lorena Ochoa.
Less than a fortnight after Angel Cabrera became the first player to win a major with a set of Ping irons, the company has signed up women’s World No.1 Lorena Ochoa on a long term endorsement contract.
Ochoa has played with Ping clubs since the age of 15, but has now signed an agreement, effective from this week when she competes at the US Women’s Open in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Ochoa has yet to win a major, but since turning professional in 2002 the 25-year-old has compiled 12 LPGA wins, her latest being her third victory of 2007 at last weekend’s Wegmans LPGA, and this week at the US Open she is once more carrying a Ping-branded bag with a minimum of 11 Ping clubs inside it, including a Rapture driver, S58 Irons, a Rapture 5-wood, a Rapture 21-degree hybrid and Ping Tour wedges.
“The addition of Lorena to our staff brings tremendous excitement to our LPGA team and our brand, said Ping CEO John Solheim when making the announcement
“She’s been loyal to us for 10 years without a contract so we and we’re really excited to make her an official member of our team.
Cabrera relied on a Rapture driver, to average 310 yards off the tee during the US Open and crashed one tee shot over some 380 yards on the 667-yard 12th hole.
The big Argentine also used S58 irons to rank third in greens-in-regulation at tough Oakmont. On the tricky greens he used a Ping Redwood Anser putter.
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Americans Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau sit in second place.
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