The 2023 golf season is soon here, and brands have already booked their players. Cobra Golf is one of the leading companies to do so.
Cobra falls on the list of top golf equipment manufacturing companies. It provides a wide range of golf clubs.
It offers various improvised collections of drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons, wedges, and utility irons. The most popular club brand from Cobra is the King collection.
King Cobra oversize irons have become the performance standard and golf's best-selling irons. Cobra became synonymous with oversized irons due to the King clubs.
While Cobra Golf is responsible for the sales of clubs and other golf equipment, Puma Golf looks over the accessories and merch sales.
Cobra is a subsidiary of the German sports manufacturing giant Puma SE. Puma acquired all of Cobra from the Acushnet Company in 2010.
Founded by an amateur golfer, Thomas L. Crow, in 1973, American Brands Inc., alias Fortune Brands, bought Cobra Gold under its group, Acushnet Company.
Here is the list of 10 Cobra-sponsored golfers to follow in 2023! 1. Kyle Berkshire 2. Chris Baker 3. Justin Rose 4. Ewen Ferguson 5. Gary Woodland and more.
How To Be Sponsored By Cobra Puma Golf?
Cobra Puma Golf announces its players for a season each year. And every time, the headlines bombard the golf news.
The official website of Cobra Golf confirms that quality play in nationally covered USGA and PGA golf tournaments is a great way to gain the company's attention. Hence, they certainly look for someone whose golf resume is always on update.
The team looks forward to sealing professional deals with equal validity to a talent. Thus, Cobra's concerned team reaches out to the golfer who they are interested to carry their clubs for the whole season or more.
In half a century of its existence, Cobra has pulled many notable names towards itself.
Big names such as the former world's No.1 golfer Greg Norman and Rickie Fowler are some examples of hefty Cobra sponsorship deals.
10. Kyle Berkshire
Kyle Berkshire signed with Puma's Cobra in late March 2021. He announced his new venture with the golf giant through an Instagram post on March 29.
The 26-year-old wrote that he was excited to announce that he was an official part of the Cobra Golf and Puma Golf family.
With his decision to join Cobra, he also revealed that he was leaping towards both the long-drive tournaments and professional golf.
Kyle is a professional long drive athlete and the 2019 and 2021 World Long Drive Championship winner.
The young man has turned eyeballs due to his golfing talents at a young age. He first won two match play, and two-stroke plays at MIAA state championships with Archbishop Spalding High School.
Kyle attended the University of North Texas and later the University of Central Florida, splitting two years in each institution.
His first notable career accomplishment came in 2017 when he reached the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship semifinals. He won the 2018 WinStar Midwest Slam, making it the first victory in his World Long Drive career.
The following year, Kyle bagged the 2019 World Long Drive Championship. Meanwhile, he also won the inaugural 2020 Professional Long Drivers Association (PLDA) World Championship.
Berkshire successfully defended his world title in 2021, making him a back-to-back champion for three years. He was sponsored by Callaway Golf throughout the time.
9. Kyle Westmoreland
Kyle Westmoreland signed with Cobra for his rookie season starting in 2023. He earned his PGA Tour card in September 2022 after playing at the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Golf reported on January 26 about the equipment deal between these two parties. Meanwhile, he will continue to play with the same Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
The report confirmed that Cobra's improved Aerojet driver was one of the main reasons Kyle chose the company. Likewise, Cobra's provision of financial stability also took part in the deal.
Westmoreland won the 2011 Service Academy Classic champion and the 2013 Jackrabbit Invitational, Gene Miranda Falcon Invite, and Patriot All-America during his amateur days.
He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the year after earning fourth place at the Mountain West Conference championships.
The Texan was a part of the United States Air Force Academy back then. He became the first USAFA graduate to earn a PGA Tour card.
Kyle also had a place on PGA Tour Canada before his best finish of T-7th place at the AdventHealth Championship in 2022.
8. Chris Baker
Chris Baker and Cobra Golf have been together for a long time, coming into 2023. He had been carrying the Cobra Golf bags and clubs since 2017.
The two parties have continued bonding with each other, and while King clubs remain Baker's favorites. Meanwhile, the new PGA Tour rookie wears Puma shirts and caps on each of his game days.
He turned professional in 2008 after winning the 2003 Indiana High School State Championship and the 2007 Big Four Tournament during his amateur days.
Chris played on mini-tours at the start of his pro golfing career. He is the winner of the 2009 NGA Hooters Tour Classic at Quail Crossing on the NGA Hooters Tour.
He then bagged the eGolf Professional Tour's River Hills Classic the following year. One of his most notable wins is the 2010 Moroccan Golf Classic on the Challenge Tour.
Baker has been playing in the U.S.A. since 2011. He had started with the Nationwide Tour and got the Best finish recognition on the Korn Ferry Tour 2017 at Panama Championship.
He then earned his PGA status card in September 2019 and has advanced to the major golf tournaments.
7. Justin Rose
Justin Rose knabbed the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour in February. He had done so when he switched to Cobra iron clubs at the end moment.
Golf Digest confirmed that the two-time Masters' Tournament finalist also had a Callaway Paradym driver and Axis 1 putter in his bag. His last-moment equipment change led him to the win and broke his four-year winless streak.
Rose opted for a mixed set of King Tour (4-iron), King CB (5-6), and King MB (7-PW) to do so. But before his big win, he had been a part of the Cobra Golf family during his teenage years.
The golf-medalist Olympian had approached the Cobra representative for PGA Tour, Ben Schomin, before the Pebble game to achieve the drastic change.
While the two parties shave not confirmed their official deal, Justn's win hints at their reunion. Meanwhile, golfer endorses numerous brands from various fields, including Mastercard and the e-commerce Bonobos.
He is also a part of the financial service company Morgan Stanley, the luxury Irish hospitability expert, The Condor, and Lamkin Golf Grips.
Besides his ongoing golfing career, he has garnered a reputation as one of the only five golfers to win official tournaments on all six continents.
He had become the world's number 1 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking on September 2018. He held on to the position for 13 weeks.
Moreover, he is most notable for being the winner of the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs and taking a whopping US$10 million prize.
Hence, his achievements are sole proof why Cobra opted Rose to represent them in professional golf.
6. Andrew Johnston
The European Tour golfer, Andrew Johnston, signed with the Cobra-Puma Golf team in March 2021. The two parties signed a multi-year contract in which the golfer agreed to a full club, footwear, and apparel deal.
Also known as "Beef," Andrew has been playing with a full bag of new Cobra irons each time.
He carried Cobra Radspeed Driver and Cobra Radsped Big Tour 3 wood Fairway with MRC Tensei AV Orange 70x Shaft, and Cobra Radspeed Tour 5 wood Fairway with MRC Tensei AV Orange 80x Shaft during his starting days.
Johnston's irons included the King Forged Tec 2i of 18 degrees, King Forged Tec 3i of 21 degrees, and Cobra King Forged Pro made up of the dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft.
Cobra and the Beef's sponsorship deal is going strong as they continue to follow the contract terms and conditions.
Beef is best known for winning the 2016 Open de España on the European Tour. The win had put him in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking back then.
The following year, he also secured a spot on the PGA Tour. He has also gained wide media attention due to his looks and personality, besides his golf skills.
5. Justin Suh
Justin Suh was the No. 1 golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2018. He turned professional the following year and signed a sponsorship deal with Puma.
He won the 2018 Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Year award and was a first-team All-America two times during his college days at the University of Southern California.
While he wore the Puma collection in his early pro days, his golf bag was a mix of many clubs from different brands. In a June 2019 press conference, Suh confirmed that he wanted to play with the same irons that brought him success in his college career.
Hence, it was later, in 2021, when Justin decided to join hands with Cobra Golf. Since then, he has been thoroughly swinging the AEROJET LS Driver, KING Forged Tec Irons and KING Cobra Snakebite Wedge.
Justin finished his 2022 season with a victory at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. He is now at the top of the Korn Ferry Tour Rankings.
The win has also secured him a full PGA Tour Card for the 22-23 season. Hence, the 25-year-old is one of the young prospects to look for in the upcoming golf season.
Moreover, Korn Ferry Tour also signed a sponsorship deal with Suh on October 25, 2022. He and fellow rookie Sahith Theegala will be responsible for representing Korn Ferry’s brand at tournaments moving forward.
4. Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson first joined the Puma family in 2019. He appeared wearing PUMA Golf apparel and footwear right after.
He started playing with Cobra Golf equipment in the 2020 season. It was a 360 deal that is still going strong coming into 2023.
Ewen plays his games with AEROJET LS Driver, AEROJET LS Fairway, and KING Tour Irons. After the contract, he called the Cobra brand dream come true while the performance of its products was second to none.
He seems impressed by the brand and his relationship maintenance with Puma.
Ferguson is a Scottish national currently playing in the DP World Tour. He was a team member of the 2015 Walk Cup team.
He turned pro in 2016 and played on the Challenge Tour for the next two years. Ewen played on the European Tour in 2020 and returned to the Challenge Tour the next year.
The Cobra brand player obtained three runner-up finishes and three more Top 10 finishes to emerge 8th in the Challenge Tour Rankings.
Ferguson got his first victory at the DP World Tour by winning the Commercial Bank Master in Qatar in March of 2022. His win streak continued at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in August of 2022.
3. Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland had been with Puma for a long time. He and his Puma look go hand-in-hand throughout the years.
However, he had been out of the reach of Cobra Golf for much of the time. That changed when he realized that their driver gave the best result.
He had been playing the Cobra woods time and again while the new driver impressed him at the end of 2022.
Woodland's past relationships with Puma further eased the deal process with Cobra. He is set to play with AEROJET LS Driver, AEROJET LS Fairway, KING CB/MB Irons, and LTDx Fairway.
He had also opted for the Tour Crown Snapback Cap starting the 2023 season.
Gary plays on the PGA Tour and is best known for winning the 2019 U.S. Open. He has competed in the tour since 2009.
He has won four major tournaments, including the 2008 Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, and Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2018.
A former college basketball player at Washburn University, he had transferred to the University of Kansas on a golf scholarship.
He turned professional in 2007, and his PGA Tour wins earned him his highest world ranking at No. 12 on June 16, 2019.
In addition to his smooth-going golf career and brand endorsement, Gary also partners with Volition America to support military families through the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The Kansas native has also represented the U.S.A. in international tournaments, including the World Cup of Golf in 2011 and the Presidents Cup in 2019. He and the American team won both times, making him a national sports hero.
2. Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson falls under the Top 10 female golfers in the world rankings. Affiliating with her is beneficial for any brand.
Her partnership with Puma dates back to 2010, when the German corporation had taken over Cobra Golf.
She was 15 years old back then and had become the first golfer to sign with the combined Cobra-Puma label. She had signed up with the brand immediately after becoming a professional.
She was then seen in each new collection of Puma Golf apparel, footwear, and accessories besides her Cobra equipment. The teenager remained a key brand ambassador for the giant corporation.
After three years of togetherness, the two decided to extend their partnership in 2013. They signed their contract with the motto "through 2014 and beyond."
Since then, Lexi has not left behind the Puma Cobra fraternity and has become synonymous with the brand.
She delivers her best performance on the golf course with Cobra's Women's LTDx MAX Driver, Women's LTDx MAX Fairway, and KING COBRA SNAKEBITE Wedge.
Thompson is best known as the youngest female player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at 12 in 2007. She won the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, making her the second-youngest women's major winner of that time.
She also represented the U.S.A. on the international platform with Solheim Cup in 2013. The team won the 2015 and 2017 tournaments, while she did not knab big at the 2019 and 2021 Cups.
Lexi was also a part of the American team at the 2014 International Crown. She won the tournament in 2016 and made a notable presence in 2018.
Apart from pro golf, the Florida native has been featured in Shape Magazine and Self Magazine. She then appeared on the cover of Golf Digest Fitness Edition due to her accomplishments.
1. Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler tops the list of acclaimed Cobra Puma Golf athletes. He was once the No.4 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2016.
Likewise, he was the number-one amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks in 2007 and 2008. Puma was smart to pull him towards a partnership deal.
Fowler and Puma signed a contract in September 2010, while he had turned professional in 2009. Their deal continued after Puma acquired Cobra Golf.
PUMA's board was satisfied with his role as an ambassador and called for a contract extension in February 2018.
The two again signed a multi-year agreement where Fowler was asked to play a key role in the brand’s initiatives around Golf’s First Smart Set, featuring COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos.
The long-established partnership between Rickie and Cobra Puma has become successful once again.
Fowler is mainly seen wearing Puma-labeled t-shirts per the agreement. Besides the regular shirts, his color choice of bright orange denotes flowers and his win on the golf course.
His way of promoting his decade-long partner brand has turned out to be fruitful.
The 34-year-olf golf veteran has bagged five PGA Tour wins, two European Tour wins, one OneAsia Tour, and one Hero World Challenge, all wearing Puma and swinging the Cobra clubs.
Fowler's main-to-go Cobra equipment includes the AEROJET LS Driver, KING RADSPEED Big Tour Fairway, and KING Tour Irons.
These were the 10 Cobra-sponsored holders to follow in the 2023 season. While these names have certainly taken the most space, they all have done so through their sheer patience and accomplishments on the green course.
Meanwhile, their unique ways of promoting Cobra's brand image is certainly the top factor for their name to appear on this list!