Golf News for Monday, May 13, 2013 | Sponsorship

Bettinardi Golf announces signing Matt Kuchar to represent brand

TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Bettinardi Golf, maker of the highest quality precision milled putters in the world, is thrilled to announce its new alliance with professional golfer Matt Kuchar, a 5-time winner on the PGA Tour who is looking to defend his 2012 PLAYERS Championship title this weekend. With this multi-year deal, Bettinardi will be the exclusive manufacturer of Matt's two new signature model putters.

With the proposed belly putter ban set to take effect in 2016, Kuchar' s unique and legal arm-lock style of putting prompted renowned putter maker Bob Bettinardi to devise two different models that would be available to the general public for use. "With the recent belly putter ban, I strongly felt that the style of putting Matt uses would be the best alternative for players who struggle to putt the conventional way" said Bob Bettinardi.

The 400-gram Kuchar Model 1 is a 42-inch heel-toe weighted wide body blade that has 7 degrees of loft, 2.5 shaft offset, and features Bettinardi's patented F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology) Face. The putter also comes in a 350-gram, conventional-length model that's 35 inches, has 3 degrees of loft, a 1 shaft offset and is identical to the 44.75-inch model Kuchar used to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Bettinardi also offers The Kuchar Model 2 as a soft, pear-shaped, face-balanced mallet that features the same specs as the Model 1 in Matt's style, and conventional length. "We decided to offer two Kuchar Models for those that want exactly what Matt putts with, and golfers who like the look of a mallet in both Matt's length, and conventional," said Bettinardi.

"The reason I partnered with Bettinardi was because of my existing relationship with Bob having been to the factory, having seen how everything works, being so impressed with the craftsmanship and the ability to make changes," said Kuchar. "Bob nailed it, and I knew he was going to. This is what I was looking for."

One of the PGA Tour's top talents, Kuchar is known throughout the industry as the ultimate gentleman. He exemplifies what it means to be a consistent player, making the cut 50 out of the last 56 times he has played and finishing inside the top 25 in 70% of those starts.

ABOUT BETTINARDI GOLF:
Known for the highest quality, 100% CNC milled putters, while using the industries finest metals, Bettinardi Golf set out in 1999 with one mission in mind; to craft the ultimate putters in the golf industry. Guided by the principle intent and fueled by the passion for skill, Bettinardi puts their heart and soul into every piece they build in order to make every golfer a better putter while creating something truly special. www.bettinardi.com

ABOUT MATT KUCHAR:
Ranked a career-high #5 in the Official World Golf Rankings during the 2012 season, Matt Kuchar has cemented himself as one of the sport's top competitors. A five-time PGA Tour winner, Matt's most recent victory came in 2013 when he triumphed at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. That achievement built on the success he enjoyed in 2012, where he defeated a tough field to win The Players Championship and also tied for third at the Masters, tied for ninth at the Open Championship, qualified to play for the United States Ryder Cup team and finished with nine top-10s on the PGA Tour. A member of the victorious Team USA squad in the 2011 Presidents Cup, Matt also brought victory to the U.S. as the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup champion. He enjoyed an impressive 2010 season, finishing with more top-10 finishes (11) than any other golfer and earning his first Ryder Cup selection. He also earned numerous accolades, including the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average, as well as the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list. Prior to turning pro in 2000, Matt graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time, first-team All-American golfer. The U.S. Amateur Champion in 1997, he received the 1998 Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open in 1998. A native of Winter Park, Fla., he currently resides in Sea Island, Ga., with his wife and two sons.

For Media Information Contact:
Sam Bettinardi, srbettinardi@bettinardi.com or 708-802-7400