Rory Sabbatini


Adams Golf movin’ on up
February 6, 2008, 4:23 pm
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Sabbatini’s switch to Plano-based company takes it to next level


With Tiger tracks across his back, Rory Sabbatini has vowed silence. He told reporters last week he isn’t giving interviews about challenging Tiger Woods, or about his withdrawal from the Target World Challenge, or about anything else.

“I’ll let my clubs do the talking,” he said.

That’s fine with Plano-based Adams Golf. The equipment company makes the clubs that are doing the talking.

Having made its name primarily on game-improvement clubs, Adams is well represented on the Champions, LPGA and Nationwide Tours. Sabbatini’s signing headlines the company’s first foray onto the PGA Tour.

Adams also nabbed popular Australian Aaron Baddeley, Q-school graduate Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey of Golf Channel’s Big Break and Tour player Brad Elder of Dallas.

That’s a big statement by the little old equipment company from Texas.

“As we continue to grow, we figured we really need to venture onto the PGA Tour for the exposure, brand growth and all the fun and exciting and scary things that go with that,” said Chip Brewer, Adams’ president and CEO.

“You sit here and wonder if you need PGA Tour presence to go to the next level, and you can argue both sides. But the truth is nobody’s done it without it.”

Memo to Adams officials: Shoot a TV spot that starts with Sabbatini highlights. … Cut to a scene of reporters firing questions in a big scrum. … Zoom in on Sabbatini’s Adams golf bag. … Fade to words, “Letting our clubs do the talking.”

After Woods and Phil Mickelson, few players garner as much attention as Sabbatini. A Southlake resident, he has never shied from letting his opinion ring. For saying he wanted to go head-to-head against Woods and that Woods was “more beatable than ever” last year, Sabbatini received gobs of criticism. Of course, many of those writers criticize other players for not challenging Woods.

Sabbatini is also coming off his best season. He won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and posted nine other top-10s. He was the only player to finish in the top 10 in all four FedEx Cup playoffs.

A four-time winner on Tour, Sabbatini was renegotiating with Nike when he made the switch. He knew some of Adams’ tour reps and liked the Adams Idea a3 irons, Brewer said.

“He’s one of the top players in the world, and he moved to our brand of equipment for the right reasons,” Brewer said. “He likes our people and our product because he thought it was the best thing for him professionally.”

As part of the deal, Sabbatini is wearing the Adams hat, carrying the Adams staff bag, using the Idea a3 irons, an Idea Pro hybrid and the Insight driver. Perhaps most important for Adams was getting a top Tour player who uses game-improvement irons instead of blades.

Baddeley, a two-time winner, had been with MacGregor. He is wearing the Adams hat, carrying the staff bag and using two Adams fairway woods. He is experimenting with other Adams clubs.

In addition to its new lineup, Adams opened the season with the top count among hybrids at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, according to the Darrell Survey. And winner Daniel Chopra used an 18-degree Idea Pro hybrid.

For Adams, that says a lot.



Oh, the Possibilities!
September 11, 2007, 8:54 pm
Filed under: On the road

Amy’s pre-TOUR Championship Blog

 

Math was never my strong suit… but there I am, sitting outside a pizza joint in suburban Chicago on

Sunday evening, crunching the numbers … doing the math … recalculating … analyzing …


Most would just wait … wait for the media to spit out the numbers and hope they were correct. But waiting is not Sabbatini-esque. I needed to know before we left on a two-hour flight to “Hot-lanta.” (Our first-date was in Atlanta, but that’s another story.)


Finally, as our entourage inhaled the last slice of deep-dish pie, I gave them the good news: ”It’s possible!”


To win the FedExCup, we have to win The TOUR Championship and Tiger has to finish outside 12th.

As I told Rory this, he kind of chuckled and said, “So you mean we have to break his legs and steal his clubs?”


Obviously, Rory was playfully acknowledging the huge task ahead of him. He wants to be Number One, and to do that he must beat Number One.


It wasn’t long ago Vijay climbed to that spot. Anything is possible with a lot of hard work and a little luck.


Rory has climbed to Number 10 this week in the rankings, and he is working harder than ever. I reminded him exactly what that means: “Rory, at this moment, there are only nine guys in the whole world better than you at your job.”


Sabo is pretty tired. Playing eight out of nine weeks will wear you down. He spent most of Monday lounging on the couch at our friends’ house in Atlanta … however trainer Jeff Banaszak managed to get a workout session out of him. (We have just hired Jeff on fulltime.)


We were glad to learn they would be opening practice rounds after all this week. It’s a tragedy that the season-ending finale will be played on less-than-perfect greens because putting on irregular surfaces can bring a greater element of luck into a tournament. The good news is everyone is in the same boat.


There are only five guys who have a mathematical chance to win the Cup. That means we have a 20% chance of winning $11 million plus (the $1.26 million TOUR Championship first prize and the $10 million FedExCup bonus).


We have a pretty raucous crowd coming in for this event and I can’t wait.


Regardless of the outcome, this week is just whipped topping on the ice cream of a great season. I’d love to finish with $11 million chocolate sprinkles on top … and Rory as the 1st ever FedExCup Champion.


You must always hope! Now that’s Sabbatini-esque!