A statement is due on Monday which is expected to announce the end of Justin Rose’s partnership with Honma Golf after just 14 months.
The Englishman, who had previously played TaylorMade equipment throughout his professional career, moved to Honma last January.
He promptly won on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines – but his form since has been largely indifferent – and at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational he was spotted playing his old TaylorMade P730 irons in the Pro-Am and practice rounds.
His bag, which still featured Honma signage, also contained a TaylorMade SIM driver and SIM fairway wood, two TaylorMade wedges and a prototype Titleist Vokey Wedge.
Rose was previously playing Honma’s TR20B irons but whispers started to spread last week at the Honda Classic as the 39-year-old was spotted playing a SIM driver and was testing other clubs.
More news to follow when Honma releases an official statement.
Justin Rose’s bag – prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational:
10.5-degree TaylorMade SIM driver
15-degree TaylorMade SIM Max fairway wood
Cobra Speedzone Pro 17.5-degree 5-wood
TaylorMade P730 irons (4-PW)
Two TaylorMade Milled Grind 2.0 wedges (52, 56 degrees)
Titleist Vokey lob wedge (prototype)
Axis 1 putter