The company confirmed to ESPN that Bryson DeChambeu and golf ball maker Bridgestone have agreed to end their sponsorship relationship.
The news was first reported by Golf.com and came after DeChambeau decided to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitation Series Tour.
“The PGA Tour is a very important part of professional golf and Bridgestone has a marketing affiliation with this series of highly visible tournaments,” the company said in a statement. “Given that Bryson DeChambeu will no longer be participating in this event, Bridgestone and Bryson have agreed to terminate their brand ambassador partnership.”
DeChambeau used Bridgestone golf balls and featured prominently in the company’s marketing with Tiger Woods and Fred Couples. This is not DeChambu’s first sponsorship as Rocket Mortgage also canceled its contract and withdrew from the PGA Tour.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan made it clear that any players left to participate in LIV golf would face suspension from the tour, and DeChambeau has now joined the 30-year-old event in Portland, Oregon. Occurred between June and July 2.
DeChambeau recently appeared on a podcast called “Country Club Adjutant” and confirmed that he has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with LIV Golf. When the hosts indicated that his contract was worth $ 125 million, he said the figure was a bit low.
“I won’t go into details; I mean, what has been reported is somewhat close,” Dechambu said on the podcast. “It’s a four-and-a-half-year deal, I can tell you for sure, and there’s a lot up front, which is great.”